Video: The obligatory “dad shoots daughter’s laptop for writing disrespectful Facebook post” post

posted at 6:02 pm on February 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate. It’s obligatory twice over, once because it’s going mega-viral and twice because this is basically just a variation on those controversial police taser clips that get 800 comments whenever I post them. The disciplinarians among us will defend this guy just like they defend the cops in the taser vids whereas our resident softies will tut-tut the authority figure for an over-the-top abuse of power. I’ll leave you to guess on which side I, a noted RINO candy ass, come down.

Why did this guy post this online? He’s going to teach his daughter a lesson about airing family grievances on a public forum like Facebook by … airing his own family grievances on YouTube? And doing it with a sensational flourish at the end that’s guaranteed to multiply the audience for his daughter’s Facebook post by 10,000? I think Ace is right. Feels like a stunt.


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My daughter and I were watching this earlier. Good for Dad.

uhangtight on February 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

That is Occupy porn, right there.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Stunt!

Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

The battle of parents vs their children’s beliefs they are entitled to act anyway they want. Personally I would’ve made my daughter shoot her own computer to re-enforce what she is losing when she becomes a spoiled snot.

Good for this dad.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

My wife’s ex-husband and her parents would crucify me for doing something like that and would argue that I was an unfit parent.

Good for this Dad, brat kid had it coming. However, I would have just taken her hard drive out and not shot the machine personally.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

if you go to his facebook page the guy seems shocked and is now doing an ad-hoc donation drive for Muscular Dystrophy…. if charity was his plan all along, you’d think the donation part would be better organized???

pamplonajack on February 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Personally I would’ve made my daughter shoot her own computer to re-enforce what she is losing when she becomes a spoiled snot.

Good for this dad.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

heh

jersey taxpayer on February 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I just sent this out to my email list. This Dad ROCKS! Go ahead little child, try messing with your Daddy again! WOOOT WOOOOOT! And, she has to pay for his ammo! Only a southern parent can REALLY appreciate this. heh ;)

sicoit on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

ok, I lasted 2 minutes–I have a 13 yr old–I’ve spanked the girl before and will again if I have to. She does not have a FB account. I don’t agree with this guy doing this. Its vindictive, petty and stoops to her level and humiliates her–worsening the situation and making her loathe you more than she already does.

aside from that, looks like Cowboy has an issue on his hands that he just stepped far deeper into.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I’ve wanted to shoot my laptop many a time. Truth be told there are a few shattered PC’s out there on the berm that suffered my wrath.

Bishop on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

He!! no, he was right to shoot the computer up. MAKES.THE.POINT.! Now she has to buy her own!

sicoit on February 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The gun was a bit over the top.

I would have settled for the classic Gallagher takes a sledgehammer to it routine instead.

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I’m usually against police in those taser video, but I support this dad. Probably something to do with the nature of natural authority versus forced authority at “gun” point. Either way, though, he did not hurt his daughter.

philoquin on February 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I think this is a bit harsh.

eaglesdontflock on February 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

This guy’s FB page explains-

Q: How effective do you think your punishment was (i.e. shooting her laptop and reading her letter online)?

A: I think it was very effective on one front. She apparently didn’t remember being talked to about previous incidents, nor did she seem to remember the effects of having it taken away, nor did the eventual long-term grounding seem to get through to her. I think she thought “Well, I’ll just wait it out and I’ll get it back eventually.” Her behavior corrected for a short time, and then it went back to what it was before and worse. This time, she won’t ever forget and it’ll be a long time before she has an opportunity to post on Facebook again. I feel pretty certain that every day from then to now, whenever one of her friends mentions Facebook, she’ll remember it and wish she hadn’t done what she did.

The second lesson I want her to learn is the value of a dollar. We don’t give her everything she asks for, but you can all imagine what it’s like being the only grandchild and the first child. Presents and money come from all sides when you’re young. Most of the things she has that are “cool” were bought or gifted that way. She’s always asked for very few things, but they’re always high-dollar things (iPod, laptop, smartphone, etc). Eventually she gets given enough money to get them. That’s not learning the value of a dollar. Its knowing how to save money, which I greatly applaud in her, but it’s not enough. She wants a digital SLR camera. She wants a 22 rifle like mine. She wants a car. She wants a smart phone with a data package and unlimited texting. (I have to hear about that one every week!)

She thinks all these things are supposed to be given to her because she’s got parents. It’s not going to happen, at least not in our house. She can get a job and work for money just like everyone else. Then she can spend it on anything she wants (within reason). If she wants to work for two months to save enough to purchase a $1000 SLR camera with an $800 lens, then I can guarantee she’ll NEVER leave it outside at night. She’ll be careful when she puts it away and carries it around. She’ll value it much more because she worked so hard to get it. Instead, with the current way things have been given to her, she’s on about her fourth phone and just expects another one when she breaks the one she has. She’s not sorry about breaking it, or losing it, she’s sorry only because she can’t text her friends. I firmly believe she’ll be a LOT more careful when she has to buy her own $299.00 Motorola Razr smartphone.

Until then, she can do chores, and lots and lots of them, so the people who ARE feeding her, clothing her, paying for all her school trips, paying for her musical instruments, can have some time to relax after they finish working to support her and the rest of the family. She can either work to make money on her own, or she will do chores to contribute around the house. She’s known all along that all she has to do is get a job and a lot of these chores will go away. But if you’re too lazy to work even to get things you want for yourself, I’m certainly not going to let you sit idly on your rear-end with your face glued to both the TV and Facebook for 5 to 6 hours per night. Those days are over.

Awesome.

Laura Curtis on February 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

aside from that, looks like Cowboy has an issue on his hands that he just stepped far deeper into.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Yep. That little brat will take it to the next level.

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Wish teenagers weren’t so bad. They’re almost out the door as it is…

The Nerve on February 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Laura Curtis on February 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

:):):):):):):) Thanks Laura Curtis!

sicoit on February 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Also, the cigarette was a nice touch.

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

It is kind of a jerk move, though, to make your kids make your coffee and re-clean a floor that they just cleaned that you tracked mud on.

philoquin on February 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

do you feel better about yourself there cowboy? Shooting up that laptop? That was helpful–where do you think she learned how to be a vindictive, petty pain in the ass. Probably from you and momma. Maybe if you’d learn to shut your mouth and be humble a bit, spend some time with her and train her a bit, homegirl wouldn’t be taking you to the cleaners on FB.

Homegirl DOES need a swift kick in the britches, but airing this crap makes it live forever. Maybe the two of you dumbasses could try “I’m Sorry” or “explain this please” before you air your grievances for God and country.

Pathetic

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

That was kind of over the top.

vegconservative on February 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

aside from that, looks like Cowboy has an issue on his hands that he just stepped far deeper into.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Yep. That little brat will take it to the next level.

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I’m not so sure – here’s her response –

I told her about the video response and about it going viral and about the consequences it could have on our family for the next couple of days and asked if she wanted to see some of the comments people had made. After the first few hundred comments, she was astounded with the responses.

People were telling her she was going to commit suicide, commit a gun-related crime, become a drug addict, drop out of school, get pregnant on purpose, and become a stripper because she’s too emotionally damaged now to be a productive member of society. Apparently stripper was the job-choice of most of the commenters. Her response was “Dude… it’s only a computer. I mean, yeah I’m mad but pfft.” She actually asked me to post a comment on one of the threads (and I did) asking what other job fields the victims of laptop-homicide were eligible for because she wasn’t too keen on the stripping thing.

Laura Curtis on February 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Personally I would’ve made my daughter shoot her own computer…

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Like Old Yeller? :(

Blake on February 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

First World Problems. Still, I approve!

KillerKane on February 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Kind of like Honor killing that lap top.

Better than what a Muslim dad might do though.

15? That’s a really fun age.

BL@KBIRD on February 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

My dad passed five years ago, and I deeply, deeply regret being such a stupid kid. Wherever you are, I’m sorry.

KillerKane on February 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Is he running for Alabama agricultural commissioner, too?

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Good for Dad

NerwenAldarion on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

If the dad has this reaction at this extremely minor rebellion from his daughter, what is he going to do when she REALLY rebels?

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Personally I would’ve made my daughter shoot her own computer…

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Not sure I’d put a teenage girl behind a loaded gun, especially with hollowpoint rounds.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

nah, that type of politician is only of the SEN Joe Manchin variety.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I’ve wanted to shoot my laptop many a time. Truth be told there are a few shattered PC’s out there on the berm that suffered my wrath.

Bishop on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I hear they work well at the bottom of your favorite fishing hole as cover for the big ones.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

That dad is gonna have a grandchild with a dog collar.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I understand the idea behind it, but I would have just sold the laptop and then donate the money to some charity in her name.No need to waste the value just because the kid is an idiot.

MikeA on February 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

He will one day regret this. Tinnitus sucks! Wear your eye protection!

Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

cowboy wouldn’t be doing too well if had a ricochet hit him in the jimmy….

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

you praise in public and correct in private—not vice versa homeslice.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

“I think, sometimes”. Rene ‘Bishop’ Decartes.

celtic warrior on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

cowboy wouldn’t be doing too well if had a ricochet hit him in the jimmy….

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I bet he’d get more views!

philoquin on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

That was kind of over the top.

vegconservative on February 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Yeah … he coulda used a 9mm. Really no need to blast it with a .45.

darwin on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Father of the Year award. I’m pretty sure his daughter’s Teachable Moment will stay with her for a long time.

Someone pointed out that rather than destroying his daughter’s laptop, he might have donated it to a worthy recipient, say a church or homeless shelter(certainly not a college student, who would probably bitch that it wasn’t a Mac), and a video of that laptop being used to help less fortunate people would also teach his daughter a lesson.

I think the more valuable lesson here is for parents who need to reign in their kids by reminding them who pays the bills and for kids not to take their parents and what they do for them for granted.

Dave in San Diego on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I think your comment is funny. :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-zG5U0v3gU

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

So basically, this kid was acting like an obnoxious, entitled brat. She deliberately set up her FB account so she could post rants about her parents that her parents could not see. Dad busted her, and then notified all her friends – via the video – that she was not, in fact, abused, a slave, a house elf, or any other drama queen nonsense. Seems reasonable to me – he was correcting her lies in the same forum she told them in.

It would have been better if he’d removed the video afterwards or made it private, but apart from that, I’m totally on the dad’s side.

Laura Curtis on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I saw this early this morning…shared it on facebook. I’m surprised how many people comment negatively about it. This is a lesson she will never forget. I removed my daughters bedroom door and removed everything minus clothes and a bed from her room when she was 13. Her grades dropped so I took action. It worked. There are few things that teach children a lesson as well as utter embarrassment! Good for this dad!

Oh one more thing about people complaining about using a gun….my dad stood on my front porch when I was a teenager and fired off rounds to let the boy know it was past curfew. Trust me .. they..and I all respected him after that. Of course I am from Texas..so firing a gun is not a big issue!

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

If the dad has this reaction at this extremely minor rebellion from his daughter, what is he going to do when she REALLY rebels?

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Prolly carry a shotgun to the wedding… as he should.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

What is she going to watch this video on now? Woops.

preallocated on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

a laptop is an inanimate object and is missplaced rage. He’s completely missing the root of the problem and he might find it if he looked in the mirror. Her as well, I’m sure she’s a friggin handful–and mommagirl too.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

If the dad has this reaction at this extremely minor rebellion from his daughter, what is he going to do when she REALLY rebels?

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’ll bet she is not as eager to find out as you are.

MikeA on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Approve. Nice Colt handgun, for that matter.

knob on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

The guy was right to be mad, but he should have had another smoke before turning on the camera and loading the hollow points.

After that smoke, he should have shut the camera off, kept the hollow points in the box, gone inside, said pretty much what he did say to his daughter, taken her computer away, and left it at that.

The message would have been delivered without the public humiliation, which I thought was un-necessary.

MidniteRambler on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I’m guessing Dad isn’t going to be invited to the wedding.

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

at her graduation/wedding/etc he’ll now be forever known as “the cowboy that shot the laptop guy”….

own it bud…

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

a laptop is an inanimate object and is missplaced rage. He’s completely missing the root of the problem and he might find it if he looked in the mirror. Her as well, I’m sure she’s a friggin handful–and mommagirl too.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

So he should have shot her and then himself? ;)

philoquin on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I don’t know if that always holds true, have any of yours’ ever shoplifted?

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Thumb up.

El_Terrible on February 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I told my kids, you do this sort of thing and I will shoot your laptop too, and you will be holding it above your heads 1,500 yards downrange in a fog while I shoot an unscoped rifle after a night of heavy drinking. Not a word of backsass since, amazing.

Bishop on February 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

If this is how homeslice handles his weapon with his rage issues then he oughta think twice before loading….IMO

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Over the top. And I disciplined my children when they needed it.

Tennman on February 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Why did this guy post this online? He’s going to teach his daughter a lesson about airing family grievances on a public forum like Facebook by … airing his own family grievances on YouTube?

She bitched about her parents to Facebook. Shouldn’t she understand how that feels when someone else does the same thing to you?

ReaganWasRight on February 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I love the daughters comment about other occupations for laptop homicide…that’s great!

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

UP TWINKLES FOR DAD! :)

sicoit on February 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

On the plus side, he’ll never have to frighten his daughter’s new boyfriend by polishing his rifle, right when he’s walking thru the door.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Not buying it. Publicity stunt.

JavelinaBomb on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

He should run for congress.

JellyToast on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

lorien, why are you talking to yourself?

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

No, he shouldn’t have shot the laptop period. The girl is the problem and she knows it, so does he. By shooting the laptop, the roundabout implication is that he is threatening her, but he obviously wouldn’t do that directly (?)—but the implication is certainly there….IMO.

if it’s a stunt, its a dysfunctional trailer park family stunt. Alas, perfect for our current societal climate.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

There are few things that teach children a lesson as well as utter embarrassment! Good for this dad!

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I posted a failing exam grade on my kid’s wall and told him that this is what represents him whether he likes or not and now everyone coming into this room was going to see it.

Straight A’s thereafter and I took down the paper. A few years later (he’s now on his way to Grad school, majoring in Chemistry) he was the best thing I had ever done.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I’m pretending it’s my blog today!

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

It’s sad the first conclusion people have is it’s a publicity stunt.

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Pops just got unfriended for life. I say it is bs also. Entertaining all the same.

Southernblogger on February 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Kind of like Honor killing that lap top.

BL@KBIRD on February 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Seriously. I wonder how many “good old fashioned parents” would react the same way if the video was dubbed in Arabic.

So she’s a 15 year old girl and she’s trying to have an identity outside of her parents. Uh oh! Drugs are right around the corner!

And she’s using the internet to complain about her family. Gee, I wonder where she could have picked that up.

HitNRun on February 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

No Cindy, none of mine have ever shoplifted. They are homeschooled–and that doesn’t mean that they’re innocent by any stretch of the imagination—but they know I shoplifted when I was a punk and they also know I got what was coming to me–and that was an ass beatin’….a private one FWIw.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

if it’s a stunt, its a dysfunctional trailer park family stunt. Alas, perfect for our current societal climate.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Can’t be Trailer Park… nobody said “Hold my beer and watch this!!”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

If this were a publicity stunt, he’d be accepting all the media invites he’s getting.

Laura Curtis on February 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

No, he shouldn’t have shot the laptop period. The girl is the problem and she knows it, so does he. By shooting the laptop, the roundabout implication is that he is threatening her, but he obviously wouldn’t do that directly (?)—but the implication is certainly there….IMO.

if it’s a stunt, its a dysfunctional trailer park family stunt. Alas, perfect for our current societal climate.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I didn’t take it that way at all. Apparently … if you read his Facebook page … his daughter shoots as well so I doubt seeing her laptop shotup is any worse than bashing it a bat or even giving it away.

darwin on February 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I posted a failing exam grade on my kid’s wall and told him that this is what represents him whether he likes or not and now everyone coming into this room was going to see it.

Straight A’s thereafter and I took down the paper. A few years later (he’s now on his way to Grad school, majoring in Chemistry) he was the best thing I had ever done.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

That’s awesome! Sometimes you just have to find new ways to get through to them.

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

It’s sad the first conclusion people have is it’s a publicity stunt.

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

It’s not a rational response to a 16 year old getting melodramatic about something.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The disciplinarians among us will defend this guy just like they defend the cops in the taser vids whereas our resident softies will tut-tut the authority figure for an over-the-top abuse of power.

As an officer who has used my taser, I approve. And from what was posted above about her response, it seems like she isn’t as traumatizd by this as most figured she would be. He seemed really upset, with his voice a little shaky and the stammers and hesitations. Was waiting for him to tear up some at one point.

XWing5 on February 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

… Its vindictive, petty and stoops to her level and humiliates her–worsening the situation and making her loathe you more than she already does…

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

ted c, I’ve appreciated your comments I’ve read. I’m re-posting something I shared on the original thread, because what some put a term to isn’t always true for all:

I don’t have to be a parent to know that relying on prayer instead of medical treatment for a serious disease or injury is abuse. I don’t have to be a parent to know that beating a child–even when she has behaved very badly–is abuse. I don’t have to be a parent to know that locking a child in a closet or denying her food and water as punishment is abuse. I don’t have to be a parent to know that exploiting and publicly shaming a child on the internet is abuse.

Alpha_Male on February 10, 2012 at 5:06 PM

All true.

Now, a la Opposite Day, I’ll share a story with you. Only this story isn’t about my children. It’s about myself and my sister and something that happened some 47 years or so ago.

My sister was about 4-5, I was about 6-7. Every week, my Mom would take us to the local butcher shop with her. At the checkout counter, there were candy bars, etc. for sale. This one day we asked Mom if we could get a bag of balloons; she said no. We took them.

After returning home when Mom finished unpacking the groceries, she didn’t hear us making noise. She came to investigate and found us behind the farthest bed in the bedroom blowing up those damn balloons.

She had us put our jackets on, drove us straight back to that butcher shop, and made us tell the three brothers who owned it what we did.

That was some 47 or so years ago. I’ve never stolen another thing in my life.

But, that day, I learned another lesson, a more important one.

That is, there are consequences for everything you do and say.

My Mom passed away three weeks ago, she was 91.

She taught me invaluable lessons which, in turn, I taught my son.

jersey taxpayer on February 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

jersey taxpayer on February 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

No Cindy, none of mine have ever shoplifted. They are homeschooled–and that doesn’t mean that they’re innocent by any stretch of the imagination—but they know I shoplifted when I was a punk and they also know I got what was coming to me–and that was an ass beatin’….a private one FWIw.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

That sounds like QUITE the lifestyle you’ve got going on over there, Ted!

KeninCT on February 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

That was some tough love. I hope the daughter learns to appreciate the life she has.

jazzuscounty on February 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Allah is a “candy-ass, RINO”? Who knew?

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

He should have just put her into a giant balloon and let it go.

tom daschle concerned on February 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

That was some tough love. I hope the daughter learns to appreciate the life she has.

jazzuscounty on February 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Cuz if she doesn’t… something’s getting shot.

philoquin on February 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Cool hat.

Aquateen Hungerforce on February 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

My oldest got caught swiping baseball cards and I was IN THE STORE. I kept telling the security guy to call the police. I had the boy wonder and the neighbor girl he was trying to “impress” turned into quivering wailing blobs of jelly. It’s now a funny story now but it took awhile.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

ted c, not trying to convince you you’re wrong but here is my story. When my daughter was 15 (ugh) and my son was 13, one year right around Christmas time, they both decided to pull the ultimate on me and LIE and STEAL from me. Those two rules were always and continuously told them that they will NOT do….don’t ever lie to me or steal from me. They broke both of them together. They tried to stick up for each other and just continued to dig their hole deeper. As I said, it was Christmas time. (I was a single parent raising them). Once I “busted” them both, I sent them both to their fathers’ for 2 weeks, put the Christmas tree and decorations away, put their Christmas presents away and there was no Christmas in my house that year. You will probably think that was “harsh”, but no,it was a valuable lesson that both of my teenage children learned that year. They are now 29yo and 26yo and doing GREAT! My daughter makes $65,000+/yr and my son is working as a computer something or other…. I have never been the type of parent who put up with shiite. I raised them to understand that life is black/white, good/bad, right/wrong. No in between. Thank you God for my children’s success…..for they will take care of me someday. :) Just sayin ted c. and yes, I am a southern woman! :)

sicoit on February 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

jersey; thanks for sharing that–invaluable and I learned the same lesson. I used my BB gun to shoot up the neighbors birdfeeder. My dad marched me over there and I doled out $5.86 to my neighbor–a kind, grandfatherly fella that looked at me and said, “you did the right thing by taking responsibility for your actions.” I was ~9-10, IIRC. Likewise, the lesson I learned was that other people’s property matters and that we have to own up for our own stupidity when it causes destruction.

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

It’s not a rational response to a 16 year old getting melodramatic about something.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

No, it’s quite tame actually.

MrX on February 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

That’s funny, just the other day I was wondering to myself why southerners have a reputation as backwater hicks in most of the country. Thanks for the reminder.

Armin Tamzarian on February 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

At least it was a PC he killed and not a MAC….
He could have saved that $130 for “soft wear” if
he was richer and could afford a MAC Book Pro….
That is why his daughter and such a terror -
she has to put up with that poor performance from
a crappy PC laptop.

redguy on February 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

She had us put our jackets on, drove us straight back to that butcher shop, and made us tell the three brothers who owned it what we did.

jersey taxpayer on February 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Did that one too with one of my kids (8 years at the time.)

Sometimes the best punishment for them to suffer direct consequences of their decision. Make them “own it” and they’ll quickly realize that they want to “disown it”.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

longfeet on February 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

sicoit, I totally agree with imposing harsh discipline on the kids when they need it, however, you didn’t lie and steal from your kids to prove your point did you? That’s essentially what Cowboy is doing here—he’s stooping to her level by engaging in public humiliation. That’s asinine for a father. The brat certainly has earned a heapload of consequences, but dad might as well have put his credibility down there on the ground with that laptop, because he shot holes right through that as well..

ted c on February 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I watched this with my 15 year old son, and asked him what he thought. He said, she deserved it- what a whiner. The really funny thing is, he has sad nearly identical things to me in the past couple of months. 15 is just a stupid age.

Kristamatic on February 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

That’s funny, just the other day I was wondering to myself why southerners have a reputation as backwater hicks in most of the country. Thanks for the reminder.

Armin Tamzarian on February 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

That “hick” seems a lot smarter than dozens of child care “professionals”.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Wait a minute..did someone say embarrassing your child on the internet is abuse? Did I read that? Because obviously you have not been to many teenagers facebooks, instagrams, or twitter pages. Trust me they embarrass themselves on a daily basis without help from us parents!

maables on February 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

That would be said, not sad. I has the dumb.

Kristamatic on February 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

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