Have you seen it yet? The viral YouTube video of Tommy Jordan, a very mad dad who is going to teach his 15-year-old daughter Hannah a lesson, in front of the entire world. (The video is below. Viewer beware: If you're watching it for the first time, some language is salty.)
See, Hannah posted a mean-spirited letter "To my parents" on Facebook that her parents were never meant to read. Signing her letter, "Your pissed daughter" and complaining how impossible it is to carry her load of household chores and do her homework, her post is loaded with teenage rants like, "I am not your damned slave. It's not my responsibility to clean up your s---" and "...if you want coffee, get off your ass and make it yourself."
Dad, being an IT professional, found a way to read it and, whoa, did all hell break loose in the Jordan household - and we got to watch! He posted his lecture on her Facebook page so all her friends could see her scolding. The tough-talkin', no-nonsense Jordan (who also smokes and litters during the video) ends with a real bang. I kind of hate to ruin it, but he shoots her laptop with his 45.
The parents I know who have seen the 8 minutes, 23 second lecture are mezmerized: wow, he actually did this, in front of everybody? It's kind of brilliant. I mean, if you've ever gotten into it with your tween or teen, and they are rolling their eyes and stomping off in righteous indignation at your idioacy, you are so furious that you want them to get how wrong they are - 'They're so ungrateful! They're so irrational!" You want to teach them a lesson. This Dad give her a taste of her own medicine by using those most public of social medias - YouTube and Facebook - to do it.
Welcome to an entirely new form of parenting - as Jordan rightly titled it: Facebook parenting. When nothing else works, teach your kids a lesson by shaming them online. Jordan has blazed a dubious trail, creaitng a new standard for public parenting. Hey, even teachers could get into the act!
Or here's another idea: Before other frustrated parents start acting out online, maybe it's time to to take a timeout. When you've had a chance to think about how to act like an adult, then you can come out of your room.