Dad's extreme punishment for rebel teen divides opinion

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
This dad's tough love approach is dividing opinions. Photo: Getty Images

A dad’s extreme response to his rebellious teenage daughter’s misbehaviour is dividing opinion online, after he and his wife took drastic action to teach their kid a lesson.

The couple had decided to help their teen girl out with a car when she turned 16 (the legal driving age in the US), but when things went pair-shaped the dad took to Reddit with a dilemma.

He explained they laid down certain ground rules to make sure they were making a safe choice.

“There would be a "contract" of sorts to ensure we were all on the same page,” he wrote.

“The stipulations were continuing good grades, good attitude, she could only bring one friend with her somewhere (to begin with), we had to know where she was, and the obvious two: don't drink & drive, and don't text and drive.”

Any parent would nod along to this list of demands, in fact the Australian government enshrined the one friend rule into the law for provisional drivers.

The daughter had a slightly looser interpretation of the rules. Photo: Getty Images

The daughter however, clearly didn’t agree with certain rules.

The protective father spotted his offspring in a video online, which showed her clearly using her phone behind the wheel.

“My daughter was posted with her face down as she texted and rolled through a stop sign,” the dad shared.

“Once with her face down in her phone at a stoplight. I was livid.”

The brutal decision

“Wife and I up and sold the car,” he wrote. “...of course our daughter completely came unraveled.”

He explained that the furious teen called the move unfair, arguing that ‘everyone’ texts and drives and that the parents were ‘overreacting’, particularly given she was hoping to use the car to get herself to college and back.

Turns out she wasn’t the only one who thought so.

“This has everyone in our life up in arms and divided,” the dad explained.

“Her grandparents think we're being over the top and awful, that grounding her would have sufficed.”

He insists, however he made the right choice and laid down the law in a brutal closing statement.

“She made that choice. She had a car, it came with certain stipulations, she disobeyed us, and now she pays the price,” he said.

Opinion divided

The overwhelming reaction online was that the parents had done the right thing, and the daughter and grandparents were way out of line.

“Everyone else appreciates not getting hit by an irresponsible driver as well,” one person wrote.

“Sometimes you have to do unpopular things to teach your kids important lessons and help protect them from their own bad choices,” another commiserated.

Not everyone was on the same page however, with many labelling the move ‘impulsive’.

“I mean... I probably would’ve given her a warning and taken the car away for a month first,” one person suggested.

“Selling the car? A bit overboard in my opinion,” another agreed.

With the debate at a deadlock, the jury is out on the hardline punishment.

Although, it has to be said that’s a bold move for mum and dad to see this one through to the bitter end.

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