When you're a parent, it must be difficult to know exactly how to discipline your child. For some people, it's about being as strict as possible - with many parents having no trouble when it comes to doling out harsh punishments to their children or grounding them. For others, however, parenting is less about punishment and more about learning - whether it's through explanation, understanding, or giving their child space to think about their actions and how their behavior affects those around them.
One dad who firmly falls into the former category is Bryan Thornhill. Thornhill has gone viral on Facebook after he used a polarizing method of punishment on his son, who was accused of bullying other students in his school. The 10-year-old boy was forced to run a mile to school in the pouring rain after his dad found out that he had been bullying people on the school bus.
Thornhill took to Facebook Live to share a video of his son running outside in the rain. He begins the clip by saying:
"Hey everyone, welcome to 'You better listen to your Dad 2018'.
"My son has finally got in trouble on the bus enough to where he was kicked off the bus for three days because he was being a little bully which I do not tolerate, can't stand.
"Therefore, he has to now run to school, we're right about one mile from the school so all week he's got the experience of running."
While the father was trying to teach his son a lesson, he also said that the punishment wasn't completely serious, calling it "a good little laugh."
"The good news is guys he keeps up a pretty good mile pace, 6 miles and [sic] hour so far.
"Yesterday he was apparently a little rude to Michelle in the morning, so even though it's raining this morning, he still gets to run.
"Just wanted to show everybody and give you a good little laugh. This right here is called parenting."
According to the dad, the punishment seems to have been working, with him claiming that his son's attitude has "been much better" and that his "teachers have approved of his behavior this week." The dad adds that "he hasn't got into trouble this week" whereas "last week he was absolutely out of his mind."
Thornhill was sure that his kid would learn from this and even posted a video from their run the next day.
"We're gonna make sure that one way or another his teachers are gonna be able to enjoy his company at school, he's not disrupting his classmates and everything else.
"Teach your kids, don't be a friend, be a parent.
"That's what children need these days."
The video has been viewed 1.6 million times, with 38,000 shares. However, while some people agree with his method of parenting, others feel like Thornhill is simply abusing his son and trying to get famous off of the back of it.
It's hard to know where to stand on the matter - is Thornhill teaching his son not to bully people by bullying him? Or, seeing as it's his child - should we all just stay out of it?