This video has been floating around the internet recently, and it brings to light several questions about parenting teenage daughters…including “what would you do?” in this situation. It’s worth a look and discussion, though you may want to occupy your young children elsewhere if you wish for them to not hear certain words and language used.
Response to this has been all over the map, as one would imagine. A personal friend in her low-30s with a 3-year-old son and two older stepsons had this to say: “If I had done this as a teen and if [my dad] would have owned a gun, this is exactly what would have happened to me. I grew up in a home where discipline and respect were taught. I grew up to be a responsible, respectful adult and have THANKED my dad many times for his tough love.”
YouTube user kab565 made this YouTube response saying “allowance is a privilege, not a right.”
YouTube user MrAroundTheWeb made this YouTube response saying “these kids are the most spoiled in my school…it’s really cool to see a parent actually stand up for for other parents.”
A simple look around YouTube will generate even more responses, which we won’t cover here, though I’m encouraged my many other teenagers’ responses that have been shocked at Hannah’s behavior and supportive of her father’s bold action.
What do you think of this bold action?
What I’m more interested in is literally the “what would you do?”
What I’m more interested in is literally the “what would you do?” aspect of this. For you parents of teenage daughters, how would you respond to a situation like this? If your daughter developed this level of disrespect and entitlement mentality, what do you think would be the cause for this effect? Beyond the “teens will be teens” reply, of course.
What can parents of younger daughters do now to prevent or redirect this kind of entitlement thinking?
What can this father do from here on out to instill a sense of respect and gratitude to his daughter before she launches into the world of grown-ups and real responsibilities?
What would you do in a situation like this? Leave a comment below so other fathers can gain from your experience.