Lynda Loveland: The punishment!
Posted November 7, 2012
Once upon a time, there was a nine-year-old girl who was banned from trick-or-treating for bad behavior. But, since she felt she was more important than any old punishment, she snuck out anyway.
After her angry parents caught her red-handed at the door dressed as the big, bad wolf, they decided to wait to discipline her and give her punishment some thought. This girl was already under a month-long electronics ban and had her toys removed from her room. Grounding her never really worked and soccer was already over. What would truly make this girl “care” about what she did wrong?
Did I mention this young lady was a tomboy and girly stuff repulsed her?
“I know," said her father. “We can make her wear a dress every day to school for a week!”
At first her mother wasn’t on board, but the more she thought about it, the more she thought it might work.
After a quick shopping trip, the trick-or-treating tomboy showed up to school Monday in a skirt, a cute one even! Her father had already removed extra clothes from her backpack that she’d brought as a backup. But she still took off her skirt and wore just her leggings.
Lesson learned. Her parents picked out dresses for her to wear the rest of the week.
Some may think these parents are humiliating their daughter. I say they’re simply making her care about making bad choices when she didn’t care before. It is her parents job to raise her to be a well-mannered, productive member of society.