So you’ve sent your kids to their room, taken away their favorite game, their phone, their ipad or denied them something else important to them. You’ve grounded them and … arrgghh! No change! What punishment works? Can you even mete out an old-fashioned spanking?
Kids are tough these days!
However, before you even begin contemplating waterboarding as a possible effective solution, an Atlanta barber’s idea may save you from yourself and let you push the right buttons to get your kid back in line.
Russell Frederick and his team of barbers at Atlanta’s A-1 Kutz call their punishment the “Benjamin Button Special.” According to Frederick and his team, rather than pulling your own hair out in anger, taming your misbehaving kids just means shaving a little of theirs.
Named after the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” in which Brad Pitt stars as a child who enters life as an old man and ages in reverse, the novel punishment introduced by Frederick is a haircut that entails shaving the crown of your child’s head to give your kid an old, bald guy look.
A father of three, Frederick originally employed the new disciplinary measure on his 12-year-old son, Rashawn, who had been getting bad grades. After styling Rashawn a la George Jefferson, he saw great results as Rashawn’s grades “skyrocketed.” Frederick subsequently shared photos on Facebook and Instagram under the profile name “Rusty Fred” and offered the haircut free to any parent of a child with serious disciplinary problems. With the gossip site Mediatakeout.com later picking up on Frederick’s methods, he has received widespread interest and shaved the “Benjamin Button” to at least one other child at a mother’s request.
Speaking to the Washington Post Frederick says the feedback he’s received has been mostly positive. “There are a few people that are saying it’s emotional abuse; but on average, everyone is applauding the mother that brought the child in — and applauding me as well.”
What are your thoughts? Is humiliating your child effective discipline or emotional abuse?