Your five-year-old starts trying to set things in his room on fire. You try various punishments, but they have no effect. Eventually he successfully sets a book on fire and you know you need to do something drastic. So, you ask your friend the Sheriff to pretend to arrest your son and try to scare him. He gets handcuffed (and they slip right off because dude, he’s five and tiny), he gets put in the back of the car, he cries. And of course, someone takes a picture of all this and it becomes a media storm.
While I’d love to ask this mother why there are still matches and lighters in the house when her son is exploring his exciting new hobby, I like what she did. I have a feeling I’m in the minority though.
Sometimes you have to take drastic measures to get through to kids. We’re not talking about hitting a sibling, the kid was playing with fire. Five-year-olds don’t understand the seriousness of what they’re doing most of the time, not from talking anyway. Bringing him to a burn unit probably would do it for an older kid, but not for a five-year-old. You’ve got to show what would happen to him, which I think this mom did brilliantly.
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