Lying boy faces public punishment

Lying boy faces public punishment

There are 340 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 22, 2008, titled Lying boy faces public punishment. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Brandon Willman kept lying to his mom. So instead of grounding him, she made him stand at an intersection in Jenison with a sign.

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teacher

Deerfield, IL

#1 Apr 22, 2008
I applaud Brandon's mom.

Taking the time to discipline your child and follow through with the consequences is one of the major reasons why most parents don't discipline their children today- it's too much work.
I sincerely hope that Brandon has learned a very important lesson, and that he realizes that his mom loves him enough to teach him right from wrong. As a teacher I can only say that I wish more parents realized that loving your child means that you sometimes have to hold him/her accountable for their actions. Life isn't always easy and children need to experience that so that they can learn to appreciate life when it is going well. We have way too many young people growing up feeling entitled to everything- including happiness and mom or dad constantly taking care of their problems instead of letting them learn from their mistakes.

Way to go Brandon's mom!
Momof4

Grand Haven, MI

#2 Apr 22, 2008
Good for this mom. Kids are getting harder to punish now that we can't use corpral punishment. Thinking outside the box seems to help. Better than ignoring the kids bad deeds like some choose to do.
Mom of 3

United States

#3 Apr 22, 2008
This is great! I would totally do this FOR my child. Taking responsibility for your actions is HUGE in my house! Good for you mom, good for you!!!
A Mom

United States

#4 Apr 22, 2008
Way to go Brandon's mom!
luke

Sault Sainte Marie, MI

#5 Apr 22, 2008
what a horrible person...especially for a mother...what kind of mother could do that to their child, publicly humiliate him?...i mean come on lady thats mean...maybe it worked bu still...i wouldnt be suprised if some agency tried to prosecute her over this.......poor kid
concerned citizen

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#6 Apr 22, 2008
This boy is now mentally crushed. He will be ridiculed in school by his peers. His self-esteem has plumeted. Keep your guns locked up. This is how it all starts. Nothing a good spanking won't take care of.
bye-bye

Utica, MI

#7 Apr 22, 2008
I'm not a parent, but good for her!
justme

Lansing, MI

#8 Apr 22, 2008
yeah for mom.......this so great of an idea I just might have to embrace it for my own child......good going mom
Mommyofmany

Colorado Springs, CO

#9 Apr 22, 2008
Way to go Brandon's mom. We believe in tough love also. We raise our children to take responsibility for their own actions. Being consistant is the key. You are right Brandon, your mother wants only the best for you.
another blog

Lansing, MI

#10 Apr 22, 2008
"This boy is now mentally crushed. He will be ridiculed in school by his peers. His self-esteem has plumeted."

and beating a child is better to teach them that lying and violence is wrong.....hmmmmmm....I hope you don't have a gum concernd citizen
grandmother of two

Plainwell, MI

#11 Apr 22, 2008
Luke if you don't take care of the issue now,what willthe boy do in the future.
yeah right

Denver, CO

#12 Apr 22, 2008
concerned citizen wrote:
This boy is now mentally crushed. He will be ridiculed in school by his peers. His self-esteem has plumeted. Keep your guns locked up. This is how it all starts. Nothing a good spanking won't take care of.
So you should physically abuse your child instead? Yeah that is much better for their mental health and much less likely to cause them to shoot up a school. I guarantee an involved parent who cares enough to hold their child responsible for their actions is less likely to raise a child with those sort of issues.
Grandma of 9

AOL

#13 Apr 22, 2008
Way to go . I think its wonderful that she would do this. If more parents cared enough to take action like this maybe there wouldn't be so many children running the streets and commiting crimes. Our children are running all over the parents in todays world. This is wrong. We need to bring back the good old displine.
JAE

Kalamazoo, MI

#14 Apr 22, 2008
A kid who lies to his parents constantly shouldn't have high self esteem. He'll feel good about himself when he learns to live a life of integrity, knowing he can be trusted. Yes, the boys may get teased a bit, but it will all blow over soon. Continually lying will damage him much more than the little humiliation this punishment will cause.
Grady in Grand Rapids

Greenville, SC

#15 Apr 22, 2008
reminds me of what my mother used to do. she kept on eye on our possessions and if one showed up that she didn't know about she'd quiz us on it and if she found out we stole it she'd make us take it back and apologize. I mean she'd physically accompany us to where ever it was pilfered from and make us give it back to the owner/manager along with our personal apology.
Chuck

Southgate, MI

#16 Apr 22, 2008
I am a parent and I too say good for her. A little dent in his self esteem isn't going to hurt him.

I am fed up with parents that cuddle their kids and defend them when they know they're in the wrong.
Talk Both Sides Mouth

Wayland, MI

#17 Apr 22, 2008
I don't know... a great idea?

I don't understand the element of public humiliation that the mom thinks this remediation will "stick".

Isn't lying, to some degree, a normal aspect of growing up?

What was the nature and scope of the boy's lies?

What transgressions does the mom need to air in public on a Jenison street corner?

Rx = counseling (and even economically disadvantaged can receive free or nearly free services throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.. not an excuse if this family faces these circumstances).
Zoey

Holland, MI

#18 Apr 22, 2008
Good for Brandon's mom. In response to the Rx=counseling, I've found from personal experience that a chronic liar will NOT be counseled out of it. In fact, he/she will LIE to the counselor. Liars are very adept at telling people what they want to hear. Will this curb Brandon's lying 100%? Only time will tell. But, I think the fact that he was humiliated will be a constant reminder of the consequences and frankly, to those who are boo-hooing over public humiliation, it may seem harsh but it stands the test of time. Since time immemorial we humans have put others' sins on public display and for the most part it can be effective. If you do something wrong and you know it will be swept under the rug where is your incentive for not doing it?(aside from being a person of integrity;unfortunately there are those of us who are not.) Knowing everyone will find out your business can be a powerful, powerful deterent. I'd say that at this point, Brandon knows that mama means business!
Talk Both Sides Mouth

Wayland, MI

#19 Apr 22, 2008
teacher wrote:
I applaud Brandon's mom.
Taking the time to discipline your child and follow through with the consequences is one of the major reasons why most parents don't discipline their children today- it's too much work.
I sincerely hope that Brandon has learned a very important lesson, and that he realizes that his mom loves him enough to teach him right from wrong. As a teacher I can only say that I wish more parents realized that loving your child means that you sometimes have to hold him/her accountable for their actions. Life isn't always easy and children need to experience that so that they can learn to appreciate life when it is going well. We have way too many young people growing up feeling entitled to everything- including happiness and mom or dad constantly taking care of their problems instead of letting them learn from their mistakes.
Way to go Brandon's mom!
You are a very, scary teacher.

How did you possibly derive all of this (outlined in your response) out of that teenie weenie article?

Wouldn't be surprised if Brandon hates his mom.

How sad.
Gwinnie

Marquette, MI

#20 Apr 22, 2008
luke wrote:
what a horrible person...especially for a mother...what kind of mother could do that to their child, publicly humiliate him?...i mean come on lady thats mean...maybe it worked bu still...i wouldnt be suprised if some agency tried to prosecute her over this.......poor kid
A loving mother would DO THAT to their child. You'll find that the reputation you carry in school ends IN SCHOOL. Of the few reputations that anyone needs to uphold after that is good work ethic and trustworthiness. She's preparing him for his future by teaching him lies are wrong and that she's paying attention when he least expects it. She is of the large group of good mothers that others look up to.

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