“Spare the rod and you’ll spoil the child.” That’s what the Bible says. For generations since who knows when, this has been an effective way of disciplining every child. However, some parents have gone so far and many western countries have banned this system in favor of the dialogue method. A heart to heart talk, shall I say.
Well, some parents in Snellville, Georgia have found a novel way of disciplining their misbehaving kids. It’s sparing the rod but not the hair. They call this more specifically the “Benjamin Button Special” at A-1 Kutz barbershop in Snellville, Ga.
This is a no charge offer for parents who like to have their misbehaving kids disciplined using the barber’s way. This offer is available 3 times a week. The boys are made to look like a balding old man and no kid would like to have that kind of image in front his peers. It has proven to be a very effective way of disciplining them without hurting them physically.
“So you wanna act grown… well now you can look grown too,” reads the post on A-1 Kut’z Facebook page.
The idea came from the barbershop’s co-owner who applied this barber type of discipline to his son who was falling behind in his school grades last fall. Russell Fredrick shaved his son’s scalp then afterwards showed him a photograph of Brad Pitt playing the starring role in the movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“I showed him and I told him, this is your next one if you keep it up,” Fredrick told WXIA. “He didn’t want it, so he got his act together.”
The new approach of disciplining children is very creative but on the point of view of other parents and child experts this is a form of punishment: Shaming as a form of punishment.
Several parent were pushed into limelight over the years for shaming their kids in front of the public as a form of disciplinary action. The main purpose is to make them toe the line or else. The punishments were in response to the sins committed which included bullying and stealing.
“He has been screwing up in school, behavior and academics and right now I am trying to send a message to him,” Michael Bell Sr. , who had his son wear a sign that told cars to honk their horns if they thought failing was bad, told the local news in Miami.
“Right now, this is the only thing I have left to try and reach him,” Mr. Bell added.