I gotta tell ya, I don't really get this new trend of publically shaming your kid as a means of punishment. In the past year I've covered at least a half dozen news stories that involved a mother or father making their child hold a sign at a busy intersection in an effort, I suppose, to humiliate them into behaving. Yikes.
Here is the latest example: http://bit.ly/1d7Xqh8
I...personally...think the girl here should be more embarrassed by her mother's taste in sunglasses than holding up a sign that conveys she "twerked" at her school dance. At 11 should she really be going to a school dance in the first place?
Re-watch the clip. The mother is ecstatic to be on the local news. She's a star. They'll watch it as they decorate the Christmas tree in a few months, laughing uproariously, the little girl twerking to "Grandma Got Run Over by a reindeer" afterwards.
The little girl in this clip became a star, too. She and her friends will post her appearance on the local news on YouTube and count the hits. When I used to count the hits as a kid, having done something my father didn't approve of, it was the ones to my backside. For the record, those smacks never exceeded two, and I'm not even suggesting that as a better recourse.
Or maybe I am.
You see, ANYTHING would have been better than this already-tired make your kid hold a sign thing. The generation coming up gobbles up the attention, thinks it's hilarious, wants the paparazzi. When what they really need...is a Papa.