Is this okay?
When Meredith Smith found out her son stole money and her sister's cell phone, she decided to lay down the law. She forced her 12-year-old son to stand on a busy street corner for two hours holding an "I'm a thief and a liar" sign as punishment.
"I just thought if I embarrassed him for a bit, he'd straighten up," Smith told momlogic. "I'll do anything within reason."
While she's tried grounding, spanking and talking to her son, Smith hasn't been able to get through to him. But is public humiliation really the answer?
"I do think it was necessary because nothing else was working," says Smith. Smith doesn't believe the punishment was traumatizing for her son.
While the boy has apologized, Smith still isn't sure if he learned his lesson. "It's too early to tell just yet, but I think it's possible," says Smith. Her hope is to teach him "a little humility."
According to Smith, most of her friends and neighbors agree with her unconventional way of disciplining. "Not one person has said it was a bad idea," says Smith. "They all said, 'Way to go!'"
Do you think this mom was too tough on her son?