GETTING kids to behave can be a challenge for any parents – but one mum has been criticised for her methods.
One mum posted a video to TikTok showing her approach to her son not listening at school, and she's received mixed responses.
American mum Katarina shared how she made her son run in extreme heat in order to get him to behave in school.
The clip begins with the sound of a little boy puffing and we see Katarina running up the footpath while recording with the phone in her hand.
"My five-year-old doesn't want to listen in school," Katarina says in the now-viral TikTok.
"He makes disruptive noises, doesn't listen, thinks that he doesn't need to settle down when he comes from the playground."
Katarina pans down so we can see her little boy running alongside his mum, clearly exhausted.
She says: "We're gonna run in 104F (40C) degrees.”
Referring to his reward chart in the classroom, the mum continues: "This is the first time we're gonna run for his sad faces that he gets at school.
"He thought we were just gonna run to the mailbox so he took off sprinting, running! Now he's dying."
Clearly exhausted and making whining noises, Katarina asks her son: "are you gonna behave in school?" and he says, "Yeah."
She later addresses the camera back at home and says: "We're not gonna hit, we're not gonna spank, we're gonna discipline, we'll see what tomorrow brings."
The clip was viewed more than 563,000 times and received almost 6,000 comments, mostly from people trying to explain why this isn't the best approach to address a child struggling to focus in the classroom.
One said: "Have you thought that he might be struggling in class because his brain works differently and now you're making him feel bad for how he is?"
Another added: "Yikes! This will most likely not correct his behaviour in school though? There's no correlation to that in his brain."
One person jokingly congratulated Katarina, saying: "Congratulations! You've just won the game of 'who's going to the retirement home'!"
Many people empathised with the little boy, who like many other children, is struggling to adjust to his first year inside a classroom.
Others were just in shock: "Parents on TikTok are bold filming the way they mistreat their kids while demanding respect and love from them. This is sick."
Katarina later updated her followers to say she doesn't need to explain her actions to anyone, and her technique works for her son.
“Not that it’s anyone’s business, we’ve tried other disciplinary actions of grounding, taking away things, corners, whatever… and if those things work for your kids, great. Didn’t work for mine,” she said.
Katarina conceded there were always going to be issues transitioning from being stuck at home during the pandemic to having to sit at a desk and learn all day, but so far (the next two days) her technique had been working for them.
"To the parents who agree with this, great. It beats my hand stinging from whooping his a**.
“Not that it's anyone's goddamn business, but I'm raising a man."
This story previously appeared on Kidspot.com.au and has been republished with permission.
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