I seriously don't get it. I watched the Today Show and saw footage of a 7 year old boy driving his parents car and leading the police on a high speed chase. The reason...because he didn't want to go to church. He drove 2 miles and at times, erratically. He went through two stop signs. He didn't crash but stopped right in front of his house and ran into the basement until the cops knocked on his door and the dad answered.
What gets me is that he didn't get punished, he got rewarded. Why should he have the privilege of being on the Today Show and making his behavior seem like he deserved a reward instead of a butt whoopin'?
I really wanted to strangle the parents when they said, "But, we punished him. He's on room restriction for four days and no tv and no video games." Whoopee freakin' doo doo! The kid could've been killed or killed others. He was smiling as he spoke of his punishment. I've never seen a dead man walking, grinning from ear to ear. He wasn't punished, he was rewarded!!!
I bet money that this won't be the last time he takes the car. The next time, he'll be given a trip to Disneyland and maybe the opportunity to sing the national anthem at a Dodgers game.
Trust me, had my daughters tried that at his age, they would be missing out on more than just their video games.
Are you a softie when it comes to disciplining your kids or do you discipline with the expectation that he/she won't do it again? How did your parents discipline you?
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