Dad forces 10-year-old "bully" daughter to walk five miles in the freezing cold
Although I have no kids of my own, I've always imagined parenting must be one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. From the unconditional love you feel for your little ones to all the funny moments spent laughing at all the adorable things they say, it must be incredible to watch your children grow up into the well-rounded adults they will hopefully become.
But while most parents would consider their kids a blessing, raising children is certainly not without its many trials and tribulations. It is particularly difficult deciding what is the right way to control your child's behavior if it happens to venture into unruly territories. And that's because, in today's world of multiple parenting styles, you will always be judged by the majority if you lean towards what many would consider harsher forms of punishment.
However, there are still many parents who stand by some good old-fashioned discipline. No sugar-coating, no excessive leniency, and no giving into any sneaky negotiations. And 39-year-old Matt Cox from Swanton, Ohio is one of these parents.
Take a look at the video he captured of his daughter walking five miles to school for bullying some other kids:
He punished his daughter by forcing her to walk five miles to school in the harsh 36°f weather after she was kicked off the school bus for bullying. Cox wrote in a Facebook post that his 10-year-old daughter Kirsten was told to leave the bus, as a result of her unruly behavior, last Friday.
And this isn't the first time Kirsten has gotten into trouble for picking on her fellow students. She had previously gotten into trouble for namecalling and blocking another student from getting off the bus.
When Kirsten informed her father about what had happened and that he would consequently have to drive her to school for a whole week, he decided to teach her a much-needed lesson. Cox not only made her walk to school but also drove behind her while she was on her way, filmed it, and posted it on Facebook. The footage soon went viral.
Posted under the caption "Life lessons," it has since garnered more than 16 million views and has been shared hundreds of thousands of times.
"I wouldn't do one thing differently," Cox said. "I feel my daughter has learned a couple of valuable lessons and it has definitely opened her eyes as to just how much bullying affects people."
The clip very rapidly began being shared by people all over the world and Cox saw it as his opportunity to reinforce the lesson he was teaching his kids. He explained to his 12-year-old and 14-year-old that even when you cannot immediately see how your behavior affects others, it still does.
He also said that while he never intended for his video to go viral, he hopes other parents would take similar action if need be.
"I really had no idea it would take off like that but it has the entire nation talking so not only is it bringing awareness to bullying, which the more awareness that's brought to the bullying epidemic the better in my opinion, but it is also bringing awareness that we as parents need to stand up and hold our younger generation accountable if we want to make a change in this country," Cox said.
Aside from the incident on the bus, Cox revealed that his daughter had acted with a sense of entitlement.
"I realized she viewed the privilege of riding the bus and or car rides to and from school as a right and not a privilege," Cox told WEWS-TV.
The video also shows Cox telling his daughter that her behavior had led to her being punished.
She understood that her bullying was the reason she was forced to walk as opposed to being driven in the comfort of a car, Cox said.
"I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that's alright," Cox said in the video. "I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying."
"Parents need to hold their kids accountable. That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable," Cox told WTVG-TV. "I'm not going to be another parent that's just going to brush things under the rug and say kids will be kids."
Kirsten has now learned from her mistakes and these days, tends to pick up on bad behavior she sees on TV. She tells her dad, "That's bullying that's going to hurt somebody's feelings".
On Monday, Kirsten made sure to apologize to the other student involved.
Say what you will about Cox's parenting style but it does seem to have had a positive effect on Kirsten's behavior. Hopefully, she will continue to check not only her own behavior but those of others around her.
This isn't the first time a parent has made a viral video out of forcing their kid to go to school by foot.
In fact, one dad made his son run to school in the rain every day for bullying another child.
What do you think? Is this parenting going too extreme, or are these the parents all others could learn from?