Being a parent is far from easy, particularly when people criticize almost every decision parents make.
Matt Cox of Swanton, Ohio, found himself surrounded by such criticism after he posted a video showing how he chose to punish his 10-year-old daughter, Kristen, after she was banned twice from riding the school bus for bullying her fellow students.
Because of this, Cox would need to drive Kristen to school.
He decided to handle the situation differently.
Life lessons!!!!UPDATE: lesson learned! Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted #HOLDOURKIDSACOUNTABLE #STOPBULLYING
Posted by Matt Cox on Monday, December 3, 2018
In the video, which has been viewed millions of times, Cox calls his daughter’s actions “unacceptable.”
“Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household.”
In the video, Cox describes parents taking their children to school as a “privilege.” And instead of affording Kristen this privilege, Matt had his daughter walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather.
Matt knew that his actions would come under scrutiny.
“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, but that is alright. Because I am doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and to stop her from bullying.”
The story was picked up by Good Morning America.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 6, 2018
During the interview, Cox stated:
“Parents need to hold their kids accountable. That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable.”
Kristen said she had learned her lesson, explaining her bad choices:
“I was bullied many times by bigger kids than me.”
As he anticipated, Cox’s parental choices have caused quite a controversy.
Some people feel the distance and weather were too extreme, and that his Facebook video added an element of shame.
He's the bully, she mimicking his behavior.
— debking #GlovesOff (@debbie61349155) December 6, 2018
I’m all for trying to figure out how to discipline kids in today’s world… but not to display it for the world. The best teaching moments aren’t blasted on the internet for all to see and judge… at least not in this form of public shaming.
— Ada (@adanicole04) December 6, 2018
However, many others feel as though Cox’s choice was creative and effective.
Sometimes you have to step out the box with children today. She was dressed warm and he followed her to keep her safe. Now that she knows there are consequences for every action she will think twice before she makes a bad choice. GREAT 👍🏽 JOB DAD!!!!!
— Leslie DH #1250 (@lele_195) December 6, 2018
People are going to feel many different ways about this & maybe it shouldn't have been filmed, BUT the underlying message is to HOLD YOUR CHILD ACCOUNTABLE for rotten behavior! We spend so much time coddling & defending, but how about just making your kid OWN their poor choices?
— Cyn (@Cyn190) December 6, 2018
Glad to see a parent will teach their kids a lesson. More parents should do the same
— Sabrina (@nascarock) December 6, 2018
Whether or not you agree with Cox’s disciplinary style, we doubt Kristen will forget the lesson he taught her.