Parenting is tough in 2018. You don’t have the same worries that you did back “in the old days.” You have to worry about everything from a school shooting like this mother to bad things on the internet, so what can you do?
Well you could sit down with your child and have a conversation with them about their behaviour and figure it out together. Or you could just make your kid run to school. Let’s see if that’s effective.
Bryan Thornhill is a dad from Roanoke, Virginia who went viral for how he treated his son after he was sentenced to a three day suspension from the school bus. Why was he not allowed on the bus anymore? Oh because he was being a bully.
That’s when this video happened:
It starts out with Bryan saying:
“Hey everyone, welcome to ‘You better listen to your Dad 2018’.
My son has finally got in trouble on the bus enough to where he was kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully which I do not tolerate, cannot stand.
Therefore, he has to now run to school, we’re right about one mile from the school so all week he’s got the experience of running.”
He continued onto say:
“The good news is guys he keeps up a pretty good mile pace, 6 miles an hour so far. Yesterday he was apparently a little rude to Michelle in the morning, so even though it’s raining this morning, he still gets to run.
Just wanted to show everybody and give you a good little laugh. This right here is called parenting.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, he said this about the punishment:
“It was a no-brainer for me: Your son is kicked off the bus, so do you drive him to school? No — that’s a treat. That wasn’t an option.”
The video went viral and his original post has been pulled down but many accounts ripped the video and it’s still gaining views.
Some commenters are giving him praise for his parenting skills, and yet some are deeming this poor parenting since the kid could get sick in the rain.
Here’s another interview, this time with 8 News Now:
Comments on all the videos ranged from:
“Even the 10 year old sees the lesson in it! Behaving like a punk has consequences! Kudos to dad for raising a young man who will be respectful.”
Or on the other end of the spectrum…
“That’s not parenting … That’s bullying ….”
After receiving a bit of backlash of the video, he said:
“If you’ve got your panties in a wad over watching a kid jog, well I feel sorry for you. If a kid jogging offends you, then get…off the couch — you probably need a lap or two.”
He did also say that he spoke to his children about the bullying, but will that help? Bryan also said that since the running to school punishment has gone viral, teachers are seeing a huge change in his son’s outlook at school.
Is this because of the punishment or because he went viral? Either way it’s good to see a bully change his ways. Do you think this form of parenting was effective or poor on the dad’s part? Sound off in the Facebook comments!