Anyone seen the video Father Teaches Daughter Lesson About Facebook? Of course you have, it's gone viral. I see no need to post it here - you're welcome to Google it if you so desire. Basically, his teenage daughter posted a rant on Facebook about how her parents treat her like a slave - insert several expletives. The father, in turn, went to Youtube and posted his own video rant ending with placing 9 rounds from his handgun into her computer. As someone said, we're likely to see their story on Dr. Phil soon!
I do not condone the behavior of this father. While he was justifiably upset with his daughter, this was not the adult way to handle the situation. He basically did the same thing his daughter did - went on a public forum to rant about someone who made him mad. The difference? Instead of using expletives, he used a gun (a lethal weapon) to get his point across. Now I don't know about you, but I would avoid placing such a weapon into my own hands while upset. He lost his cool. He did not control his impulse to act on his angry thoughts. As adults, it is important that we do this! I guarantee you that in the face of an angry teen or grumpy preschooler when you keep your cool you will avoid further escalating your child's behavior. It's not easy and it takes practice - lots of practice!