Every parent has their own unique parenting style, but Shonta Love’s form of discipline has the Internet talking. When the Memphis, Tennessee mother saw what her two boys, ages 14- and 15-years-old, were posting on Facebook, she was beyond irate. So, she devised an epic punishment to teach her thug sons a difficult lesson. However, what she made them do has some people saying she went too far.
“I look on here and I was like, ‘What in the world? I’m not raising him to be a thug,’” Love recalled, according to WREG. She wasn’t pleased with the way her kids were presenting themselves on social media, and she was going to do something about it.
After reviewing the posts, which included things like “obscene images depicting sexual positions, of themselves posing with fake $100 bills and making rude gestures as well as videos referencing the Bloods gang,” according to The Blaze, she devised a plan, which many are calling an epic punishment.
She ordered her boys to stand at a roadside corner for 40 minutes holding signs that read, “My mom works 3 jobs and I’m being disrespectful and ungrateful on Facebook.”
“You don’t have to always beat a child to get it to them. If you embarrass them like they embarrass you, it won’t happen again,” said Love. “I choose not to lose my boys to the street. Under no circumstances.”
Although many people believe this punishment was deserved, there are others who have already begun to berate the mother for her actions.
“I believe she was reacting on an emotional level,” said Mary Jane Thompson, a licensed counselor with the Exchange Club Family Center in Midtown, according to WREG. “First thing I would have done or would have suggested to her is that she take away Facebook for a week or a month.”
Regardless of what this licensed counselor’s opinion was, Love’s boys have already apologized for their Facebook posts. It seems her punishment is working after all – who would have thought all it would take would be a little bit of embarrassment?
Every time your child does something wrong, the punishment should be considered in accordance to what they have done, and if you ask me, this mother did what was necessary to keep her children safe. Their behavior was embarrassing to her as a mother, so letting them reap what they sow seems like a perfect punishment.
If their behavior warrants it, a little embarrassment is what they’ve earned, and it never hurt anyone. In fact, when you’re growing up, getting embarrassed is arguably one of the best ways to avoid doing something wrong again.