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Bryan Thornhill decided to teach his 10-year-old son a lesson. He was tired of receiving warnings from the school about his behavior towards other classmates. After thinking about how he could correct his mistakes, he made a decision: his son needed a lesson to make him reconsider.
Once the decision was made, Bryan Thornhill recorded the corrective he had decided to apply to his son and made it public, to inspire other parents in the case where they found themselves in the same situation. We show you what it is this exemplary punishment of a father to his son for bullying.
In the video, we see Hayden, a 10-year-old boy, running in the rain with his backpack in tow. The one who records the images is his father. Thus, as such, we would tend to think: but why does it do this? What father lets his son run to school in the rain while he follows and records with the car? Everything has an explanation:
Bryan Thornhill, from Virginia (USA), got tired one day of receiving messages from school about his son Hayden's attitude towards other classmates. In the notes, Teachers warned her about the fact that her 10-year-old son constantly teased other children. Mostly it happened in school transport.
Despite the father's warnings, his son continued to act in the same way. Fed up with this situation, Bryan Thornhill thought about how to teach his son a lesson, with the intention that he understood that he should stop hurting his schoolmates.
In the end, she decided the following: her son would not be able to ride the school transport for three days, since that was where he most bothered the other children. During those days, I should run to school (whatever the weather). The distance from his house to the school is almost 2 kilometers (about ten minutes running).
The video recording is accompanied by the father's own narration, which explains why he chose this punishment for his son. It starts like this:
"Hello everyone, welcome to the program: 'Better listen to your dad.' My son got into trouble on the school bus and was banned from getting on it for three days for bullying. Bullying is something that I neither tolerate nor bear ... For this reason now he has to run to school, we are a mile (almost two kilometers) from school, so he has run all week ”.
The father decided in this way that, if his son could not go on the school bus because of disturbing other children, he would not go in the car either, since he also annoyed his little sister. The best lesson for him, according to this dad, is for him to realize how hard it is to run to school and to understand that if he wanted to go back to school transport or to the car, he should behave correctly with the rest. So that his son would not feel so alone, another day he ran accompanied by his father.
In the recording, this dad ends by saying: “Teach your children, don't be afraid, be a father. That's what children need these days. "
But did this father's lesson work? Apparently, according to comments in subsequent publications, your son has changed for the better. At school you have been informed of the positive change in your son. After this lesson, the child has not interfered with classmates either in school transport or at school.
This pare received many messages of support after publishing the video. Also others who showed their disagreement when considering it an excessive punishment. However, this lesson is nothing more than an educational consequence:
- 'If you can't respect your classmates on school transport, you can't go on school transport'.
And for the child to realize how necessary and useful it is to be able to go to school by transport, nothing better than to experience the effort involved in running.
The educational consequences, so fashionable in recent times, do not pursue anything other than show the child that any act or action has an impact and that he should be responsible for 'fixing' or repairing the damage done. In other words, the idea is that the child takes responsibility for his own actions.
Educational consequences, according to many experts, work very well as long as they meet these conditions:
- That adapt to the age of the child. A 4-year-old may not understand as well as a 10-year-old why he should, for example, buy a toy from a partner that he broke. Also, the child will not pay for the toy. It will be the parents.
- That the consequences are not more severe than the damage that the child caused. If the consequences (lessons) applied to the child are more severe than the harm he caused, the child will not understand its meaning and will receive it as an injustice. This will only make you feel angry and lose confidence towards those who impose this 'punishment' on them. For example, if a child breaks a classmate's toy and is forced to give him not one, but two, the child will see it as a 'fine' or 'punishment', not as an educational consequence.
- Let them be by a deliberate action, not by an 'accident'. Sometimes teachers or parents see a fact in itself, and tend to think that the child did it deliberately. Not always what is broken was broken 'on purpose'. It is important to separate a mere 'accident' (the child has accidentally broken something) from a deliberate action (the child knew perfectly well that something could break and still did).
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