Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shaming Your Kid Into Good Grades

Kid gets bad grades, so his parents make the kid wear a poster board sign outside for two hours.

Watch the video. These parents don't come across as nutjobs--they come across as knowledgeable and caring. They even gave the kid's teachers a shout-out!

When asked if he'd learned his lesson, the boy replied that standing outside holding that sign "sucks" and he didn't want to be out on that corner anymore. If that motivates him to do what he was supposed to do, great.

Don't criticize until you watch the video and see what the parents tried prior to this punishment. Then if you have a better solution than the one they finished up with, I'll be happy to entertain it.

1 comment:

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Yeah, I'd have taken away his computer time and not let him go to friends' houses for a certain number of weeks or whatever if it were my child.

But it's *their* child. I think the young man knew that his parents love him or he'd have never gone along with holding the sign, let alone getting filmed on national tv about it. They appear to genuinely respect one another, and that's good to see. :]

So, I'm not criticising, but I just think my children wouldn't be too motivated by this approach.