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Dad uses public humiliation as punishment for daughter

Raising a teen in today’s hectic world can be tricky, but is humiliation the path to parenting success?

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 29, 2013 7:57PM

What did one dad do when his daughter broke curfew? He humiliated her by making her wear a T-shirt with his scowl and the words “Try me!!” emblazoned on it. The photo, which went viral via Reddit, showed one unhappy-looking girl.

Humiliation punishment isn’t anything new. I recall as a small child stealing a Hello Kitty pencil set from our local department store. When my mother discovered the pencils, she ushered me into the family station wagon and back to the mall for a rather humiliating (and humbling) apology to the saleswoman. Beet red and embarrassed, I learned my lesson.

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Lately, there have been a rash of high-profile cases of parents using public humiliation as a form of parental discipline, reports Huffington Post.

In March, a 13-year-old girl caught shoplifting was forced to wear a neon-green shirt that read, "Hide your money. Hide your clothes. Hide everything. Cuz I'm A Thief," according to WDSU.

The child's mother, Danaka Walker, told WDSU that her children knew better than to steal.

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"I feel like if you're going to embarrass me by stealing, I'm gonna show you what it's like to be embarrassed," Walker was quoted.

Last spring, Tarvon Young, a fifth grade student at the Richard Allen Leadership Academy in Miami, Fla. had to stand outside the school for 90 minutes every day holding a sign that said "I was sent to school to get an education. Not to be a bully... I was not raised this way!"

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Around the same time, 13-year-old Natia Wade from Memphis was forced to hold a sign saying, “I steal from my family", after she swiped her mother's debit card to reactivate the cell phone that her mother had taken away.

Many people debate whether public humiliation is plain wrong or just creative parenting with a sense of humor.

Tell us what you think: Is this kind of punishment a parenting fail or win?

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