A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted a link to this story about a father in New Zealand who turned his own kids into the police for bullying.
My friend addressed it as a positive story: 'Look at this dad who decided to draw such a hard line against bullying that he turned his own children in to the police' He was also 'so enraged' that he sold his 17-year old's car, and his 15-year old's horse.
I read the story and had a totally opposite take on it.
The father in the story finally 'had enough' when his two children BROKE THE JAW of a 13-year old kid. That isn't turning your children in for bullying...that is turning your children in for ASSAULT!
Three weeks prior to his children attempting to reenact the curb stomping scene from American History X on this kid because he wears glasses, the father had been told, by his kids school, that his children had been bullying this kid. When given the chance to DO some parenting this guy missed the boat...he waited until his kids broke someones jaw to turn them in to the police, because he lost control of them.
This father is not a hero...he's an example of failure.