Sarah Wants To Know – Is This Punishment For A Kid Too Harsh?
Parenting is the hardest thing to do. Especially multiple kids. If you're not questions your skills on a daily basis, then you are doing it wrong. This week, I came across a situation with one of my kids that has left my heart broken and feeling absolutely terrible. I want to revoke the punishment because I feel as though it was brutal. Either way, the damage is done, literally and figuratively.
Yesterday, one of my children was 'bored' during his day off from school. We've all heard that complaint. I think the word 'bored' is burned into their minds at a very young age. My 'bored' kiddo decided to take his cellphone can randomly called 40 (FORTY!!!!) different phone numbers to prank them.
I think I jumped the gun a little bit and well...EXPLODED...no, I didn't hit him, spank him, slap him or kick him...I didn't touch him in anyway. However, I did have him take his cellphone and smash it with a sledgehammer. I was furious!
I'm torn. I run a tight ship with 6 kids. I need to. I'm raising little people who are going to one day be adults. I don't want raise bigger children. So, part of me feels my actions were completely justified. But, the sensitive mommy in me...yes she exists...feels just awful. I rarely have to punish my kids. Part of my feels the punishment didn't fit the crime. And I want to fix the situation. (It was a straight talk phone...and we have extra because I buy them during Black Friday in the event one breaks over the year...or gets smashed with a sledgehammer) It's an easy fix.
IF YOU WERE ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS OF THESE PRANK CALLS, MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES!
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Editors note: While Sarah did not video the incident, we kind of think it went like this...