You probably saw this video, “Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen,” that went viral on YouTube last week. It first appeared on a Facebook page, belonging to a teenage girl. Her dad saw her graphic complaints, full of swear words, about how awful her life was—she hadn’t receive a new iPod, a new computer, a new cell phone and she wasn’t getting paid to do chores around the house, etc. So, her dad decided to respond to her Facebook grumblings with a post of his own. Be warned: his comments are a little bit graphic, but thousands of kids and adults alike have seen his video.
Watch this video:
Some believe he did exactly what a parent should do in this situation. Others think he’s out of his mind. I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. In any case, I’d like to have a conversation about how to best parent, coach, teach and lead this next generation.
While the answer may lie somewhere in the middle…what is it? May I hear what YOU think?