Spare the rod and all that.
When Juliáno Parker of Corpus Christi, Texas, reached his wits’ end over the behavior of his 3-year-old daughter, he resorted to a form of discipline that is as unorthodox as it is strict. He sentenced her to “jail.”
Posting her mugshot on Instagram, he wrote, according to New York’s Daily News:
My daughter Aubrey’Ella has been fighting with my wife and I, disrespecting us in public, not listening and talking back a lot. Spankings don’t work no more. My daughter is used to spanking and nowadays you can’t spank kids how they did back in the day [because] they call that abuse.
So today I told my daughter since you wanna be a bad girl, let me show you where the bad kids go. I turned my apartment into a jail. I took away her clothes, now she gets to wear my orange shirt.
I made her clean up the front room and wash the dishes. And took away her bed and gave her a small mattress, put it on the floor and made her sleep by herself. Giving her a taste of what it’s like to be in jail for not following the law.
From the sound of it, the elder Parker may have done a stretch in stir himself.
In any case, he soon found himself in the doghouse with users of Facebook, to which he had also posted his parenting methods. Many commenters accused him of child abuse, ultimately prompting him to post a mea culpa:
But some commenters applauded his methods. One wrote:
Don’t ever apologize for being a parent and how you choose to parent [because] she is truly blessed to have someone care enough to show her how to behave as a lady should, so keep up the good work.