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Dad Shot My Laptop: Bullseye or Parenting Misfire?


True Confessions of Stay-at-Home Dad Pete Gilbert



October 2012

I just watched an episode of 20/20 called Extreme Parenting.

The segment I watched centered around one dad and daughter relationship in particular. The teenage daughter felt like her parents were bossing her around and making her do too many chores, so she wrote a Facebook post about how unfair she was being treated around her house.

Here is a little bit of what she wrote, "I'm tired of picking up after you. You tell me at least once a day to get a job. I have no idea how I have a life. I'm gonna hate to see the day when you get too old to wipe your a**, and you call me asking for help. I won't be there."

Dad saw the Facebook post. His response was a short You Tube video to his daughter that ended with him shooting her laptop eight times with a 45-caliber handgun. The video went viral, the last time I checked there were over 34,000,000 hits. Ten times the number of people that viewed the video liked it compared to those that disliked it.

So what do you think? Is dad right to do this to his daughter's computer?

To me, this seems like a pretty irresponsible solution to the problem. What lesson does this teach his daughter? Are breaking things, violence and shooting the answer? Isn't dad just as guilty of trying to "shock" the FB crowd by posting his video as his daughter was for posting her initial comments?

I would love to hear your opinions on this topic. Please head over to my Facebook page at www.petetheblogger.com leave your comments there.

By the way, 20/20 recorded how long it took the daughter to do a days worth of the chores she was complaining about, they took her 13 minutes.

Happy Parenting!

-Pete


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