by Nicole Harding
The Shame Game Parent: is an internet sensation, but let’s not forget their co-stars.
The co-stars are the very ones the Shame Game parents say they love the most: Their wanna-be thug sons, or perhaps their puberty passionate daughter.
The plot is the same no matter who plays the game: Child acts up and Shame Game Parent shows off on video and proves to the world that he/she isn’t having no mess….not in their house. No way.
This Shame Game parent will give his son an old man’s haircut. The Shame Game parent will beat some ass with a cord, berate and announce a newfound sexuality, and will do it all for the internet fans!
The script of course, calls for Shame Game Parent to be the star. Those likes and retweets give them life! The comments are like ratings and the more “go heads, I know that’s right” they get….the better they feel.
The co-stars, you know the ones that did the deed, broke a rule, went off course–otherwise known as the child–must show full remorse, head bowed, and crying.
Oh, now we are talking. Crying is proof of full embarrassment. That rage and despondence and brokenness displayed, will the world ever know if that is remorse for a rule broken or calculation of the get away from the craziness the “star” is willing to go to for ratings?
The aftermath: This is the story that never makes the ‘net.
After the likes and the comments, maybe even an interview or two, the co-star must go on living in whatever life brought them to the initial behavior in the first place.
Yeah, the behavior that got all of the attention; you don’t get 1 million likes on the drop-outs or the runaways. Hell, some man in another state that hit like is now soliciting the young girl through her new name page.
The bullying? It has gotten worse. Now the kids have even more to come at your co–stars with.
And finally, the suicides: Those fans with all the comments and cheering of how you went off, they don’t miss work, or sit beside you, or answer the knock on the door from the police.
Raising children is hard. They do foolish things. They make us angry.
Instead of shame, shower them with praise, cloak them with love, and surround them with support.
Be a star in the PARENTING game. This Shame Game is fun while you’re playing, but it can be deadly when it’s done.
Nicole Harding is an expert in leadership development, a wife and mother, who is focused on spreading positivity, one conversation, one home project, and one dynamite deal at a time. Follow her on Twitter @RealTalkNic.
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