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The Dad and His Daughter's Laptop

So the internets are all a buzz over the latest viral video gone crazy. You may have already seen the video of the dad shooting his daughter’s laptop. This video and the subsequent story has intrigued me and I’ve not only been following it but reaching out to friends and others to see what THEY think.

I don’t like judging other people’s parenting, and I’m not going to here. But I am totally interested in finding out the logic behind parenting choices that are, shall we say, outside of the box? Shooting your daughters laptop on video and posting it on her Facebook page for her friends to see for instance… You can see the video, read the back-story AND the dad’s response to the media all here. And you should also take a moment to visit this dad’s public FB profile to get an idea of who he is. Not a bad guy it seems, if his Facebook wall is any indicator.

The reason why these kinds of stories interest me is because quite honestly, I’m a parent. My kids are 8 and 6 and will be teenagers before I know it. They already have opinions and feelings of their own that differ from me and on the occasions when we do butt heads over things I wonder with great anxiety what will it be like when they are teens?

Will I know how to deal with them? Will I command respect, as my parents did with me? Not that I was a perfect teenager, but I never would’ve been stupid enough to say something in public like this girl did. And what would I do if my kids did do something like this?

Well, I certainly wouldn’t shoot their laptops. Mainly because I don’t and never will own a gun (I live in California where our views on guns are VERY different then many of those in Texas, as the father in this story does). Secondly, my family lives on a tight income. Take my daughter’s laptop away? Yes, no problem. Destroy an expensive piece of computer equipment? No way! Not that I’m judging this dad, I’m just saying from where I sit, it’s different.

But, with that said, are extreme measure justified? If this girl was as spoiled and rotten as she seems to be, was the dad right in following through with this threat, which he had previously made?

I say, maybe.

Guns & property destruction wouldn’t have been MY choice, BUT kids today are truly a different breed. I know that every generation may say that about the generation that comes after them, but I truly feel that today’s teenagers are a totally different breed of teenager in large part due to technology and a society full of instant gratification for everything.

We’ve created a generation of spoiled brats, quite frankly.

So do I applaud this dad on his use of gun? No. On his destruction of an expensive laptop (that I would’ve have happily taken off his hands) No.

For following a threat he had previosuly made (and sending a statement to her friends as well)? Yes (assuming that the impression I’ve gotten from his Facebook page and the video itself are correct).

What do you think? Did this dad go too far?