What on earth was this father thinking (or not thinking) when he decided to embarrass his own daughter in front of millions of people on the Internet? Not only were his actions insensitive, they were cruel and abusive!
How dare this father get away with humiliating his 3-year-old daughter by making her wear a poster around her neck which read, “I pooped in the shower and daddy had to clean it up. I hereby sign this as permission to use in my yearbook senior year.”
First of all this was NOT funny and secondly it was “highly irresponsible”, according to top parenting expert Dr. Phil Dembo.
“Parents are supposed to create a safe place for children to grow and ‘practice’ their life without ridicule or shame,” Dr. Dembo tells HollywoodBaby. What could this father have been thinking posting something on the Internet that would last well beyond the intended effect?!”
“This 3-year-old girl has just learned from her own father that it is truly not safe to be herself, to make mistakes and to have privacy in her own home. If this father exploited his child for his two minutes of fame, shame on him. If this father truly thought this was an effective form of discipline to teach his daughter to not poop in the shower, shame on him again,” says Dr. Dembo.
“If this father doesn’t understand his purpose to protect his daughter’s growth and give her a safe place to be herself, this girl has no chance growing up with any healthy sense of self.”
Also where was the little girl’s mother in all of this? Did she not have a voice? If she went along with it, then shame on her as well!
If the father thought his daughter posing with the poster would be a funny memory, then he should have kept it ONLY for his family and close friends to see, NOT the entire world! What a jerk!
Not to mention, his actions were emotionally abusive! A parent does not expose his or her child to ridicule like this. This father needs major therapy and parenting skills.
In the end, like Dr. Dembo pointed out, this clueless father didn’t shame his daughter, he just embarrassed himself!
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Was this father irresponsible?
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