Parents have many ways of disciplining their children — some creative, some not. Now one father in Texas is catching a lot of heat for how he chose to teach his own 3-year-old daughter a lesson.
Reports say Juliano Parker took to Facebook to show his daughter dressed in an orange t-shirt and cleaning up a mess after he sentenced the child to “jail.” He says he wanted to give her a taste of what it might feel like.
Parker says his toddler, Aubrey’Ella, was behaving badly, so he wanted her to be held responsible for her actions. Parker’s actions didn’t go over well with those he was connected to on social media.
An entertainment website, XONecole, picked up the story after Parker deleted the post. This is what he said:
“My daughter Aubrey’Ella has been fighting with my wife and I, disrespecting us in public, not listening and talking back a lot. Spankings don’t work no more. My daughter is used to spanking and nowadays you can’t spank kids how they did back in the day [because] they call that abuse.”
He told his daughter he was going to show her where bad girls go, and proceeded to turn their home into a fake jail. The NY Daily News says he made Aubrey’Ella eat meat and potatoes with water while she watched her siblings eat pizza and drink juice. He also made her clean up the apartment and wash the dishes. Parker even took away her bed, putting only her mattress on the floor and making her sleep on it.
Many parents were unhappy with his punishment choices, and they bombarded Parker with negative comments on social media. That may have been what led him to delete the images. He has since posted a follow-up about the incident, however, saying:
“I really regert posting that pic of my daughter on social media like that I admit it was wrong didn’t think it was gonna go viral smh God knows my heart. My daughter is a good girl just been acting out lately and I was just trying to show her with bad behavior comes consequence. Now my daughter all over the internet for being bad kid but in reality she just acting out for attention. So I been just showing her love and being extra nice but not letting her walk all over me just let trying to drive out all that bad behavior with love just like MLK say hate can’t drive out hate or in my case anger can’t drive out anger but love can so my advice to all the parents who shared my post love you kids but don’t let them walk all over you just like the OG from my church told me be consist with how you discipline you kids and after a while they know you mean business but just be patient with kids . Just as God gives us Grace.”