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Is Publicly Humiliating Children A Way to Teach Respect?


By Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Talesha Roberson, a mom from Spokane, Washington, recently decided to teach her 14-year-old son a lesson when he stole an iPod from a student at his school. He had stolen many things before and his mother was disgusted and frustrated. So, she had him sit in their driveway and hold up a sign that said, ”I am a thief; I like to steal.” 

This latest incident comes on the heals of the famousYouTube rant by North Carolina dad Tommy Jordanwhen he shot his 15-year-old daughter’s laptop and then posted the video on YouTube and Facebook. His actions came after his daughter Hannah posted a message on her Facebook page complaining that she was tired of picking up after her dad and that she should be paid for her chores.




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