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I have two daughters, 4 years old and 6 months old… I can’t even begin to imagine what parenting them through the teen years will be like.

Today I saw this video and after the initial shock settled, I had to respond.

Social networking sites and the internet create huge obstacles for parenting. Children have a forum to behave in a way contrary to face-to-face exchanges. How do parents navigate this? How and when do they draw the line? As I watched this video I asked myself what would I do? I don’t think I would have chosen this route of discipline. Hopefully things wouldn’t have gotten to this point because I would have been talking to my child and navigating through her feelings of frustration before she decided to vent to the world. However, I couldn’t help but think what if my child did this, what would be my reaction?

While this dad’s rant is a little long, I thought the idea of him disciplining his daughter publicly by grounding her (via a video posted to her Facebook page) was unique, logical and undoubtedly memorable. She publicly humiliated her family (and apparently this wasn’t her first offense), why shouldn’t he post a response for her Facebook friends to see?

Then 7:20 into the video, my jaw dropped and my stomach flipped as he unloaded a round of bullets into his daughter’s laptop. WHAT. WAS. HE. THINKING.?

Call me a typical Canadian, but seeing a gun, let alone witnessing it being fired several times made me feel ill. Moreover, the message took a violent turn for the worse. Yes, he was firing the gun at a laptop but I felt it to be a rather threatening position for a father to take. As my screen reverted to the static YouTube page, I had a overwhelming sense of pity for this girl.

Am I being too sensitive here? What do you think?

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.