Best dad in the whole world?

I thought the crowd here might appreciate the living hell out of this guy. The backstory is, his 15 year old daughter is a spoiled brat and he’s basically had just about enough of it.

Watch the whole video, it’s worth it. Slightly NSFW due to the language he reads from his 15 year old daughter’s Facebook post

I wish he could be all dads.

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  1. richtaylor365

    Although I think this dad has things well in hand and obviously takes his parenting duties seriously, I’m going to take issue with him on a few things:

    1) The daughter might be exaggerating about her sleep schedule, but if not then she is not getting enough sleep which is really bad for teenagers. Kids that age need a minimum 9 hours sleep every night, if they don’t get it their school work, their health, and their well being is affected.

    2)Dad made a big deal about her getting a job, at15? He is off the mark on that. She should be devoting major effort into her studies, and if she does has some time left over then get her into a sports program, get her outside getting fresh air and exercise. We don’t know what she looks like but we do know that too many gets are fat.

    3)Shooting the laptop showed me that he can be just as petulant and childish as his daughter, and it also exhibited a lack of self control, something everyone needs to master. Somebody bought that laptop, now its junk. If he wanted to restrict it’s use as punishment, great, but trashing it for the sake of a youtube video told me that he is a drama queen just like his daughter.

    4)Although I agreed with him on the use of profanity (we don’t talk like that in my house, period) that tirade of her’s was mild and sedate compared to most teenagers. My son (16) likes to play on line computer games with his friends, where they talk to each other through microphones and heat sets. I heard an expletive coming out of his mouth about a year ago, and nipped it in the bud immediately. Kids talk like that to each other, they think it’s cool, but if parents use proper English and demand the same for their kids, it will help.

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  2. balthazar

    If she wants all the extras, then yes, she needs to go get a job. That was his point which you seem to have missed.

    He abviously bought the laptop, NBD if he destroys it. I suspect he was going to trash it anyway, he didnt do it “for the video”.

    Do you really have teenagers? Because if you did, youd realize that you can send them to bed, they dont go to sleep though. What control does he have over that, and as he pointed out, her chorse can be done in 30 min. So its NOT the chores keeping her up till 10.

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  3. richtaylor365

    That was his point which you seem to have missed.

    I didn’t miss anything ,”getting all the extras” comes a distant second to getting good grades and getting excercise

    he didnt do it “for the video”.

    It looked to me like that is exactly what he did. Shooting it with a 45 was total theater, and a waste of money.

    Do you really have teenagers?

    No, I just make references to it here to give me street cred. No shit that he can’t put his 45 to her head and make her go to sleep, where did you read that? I only referenced the minimum number of hours of sleep kids need, that’s all.

    So its NOT the chores keeping her up till 10.

    Then he or his wife has to do a better job of getting her to bed sooner, doesn’t he?

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  4. Poosh

    You don’t really appreciate or understand it at the time, and I understand where she’s coming from, but getting a job, any job, at 15 can be important and the father probably knows this. The work experience may well make ALL the difference in her future. But at that age you rarely realise this. But the parents probably do.

    But shooting an expensive piece of equipment probably isn’t the smartest lesson to teach a kid. They should have sold it on.

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  5. Poosh

    In fact I hate watching that laptop get destroyed! Just as I hate seeing books miss-treated etc! A laptop is a stunning piece of human technology, they really do amaze, and to see it gunned down like that is kinda harsh! It had 1 day left to retirement too.

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  6. Seattle Outcast

    A dollar a round? He needs to start reloading his own ammo and cut that by 1/3.

    Anyway, this reminds me of when my niece was busted for pretending to be almost 5 years older than her real age on MySpace and was cruising for a boyfriend online.

    I do have to agree that 15 is too young for a job (legally), and that she needs more sleep. Perhaps if she spent less time online bullshitting she could do her chores and get her homework done.

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  7. Nexus

    Perhaps if she spent less time online bullshitting she could do her chores and get her homework done.

    I don’t think that will be an issue any more.

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  8. Kimpost

    So she acted like a child and the dad responds by… acting like a child! He further complains over having spent USD 130 on software preparing the laptop for school, before destroying it. How’s that gonna help her school work?

    And then he confronts her by humiliating her on-line. Or at least that’s what he’s trying to do by making it public. I understand that she did the same by posting what she did on her FB wall, but she’s the child, while he’s not.

    I understand the underlying sentiment and the disappointment over his spoiled daughter. But come on, this was just idiocy.

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  9. Poosh

    Yeah kinda agree with Kimpost heh, it was pretty dumb.

    Then again he might just buy her a new one a week after. I read somewhere he’s actually a computer geek (not the “cowboy” he appears to be in the video) so who knows.

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  10. richtaylor365

    Wow. Rich, I could not have had more of an opposite reaction if it had been National Opposite Day

    Isn’t that what makes things interesting? Wait, it’s not really opposites day, is it?

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  11. Miguelito

    He did say she was 15 going on 16 so I assumed (perhaps wrongly) that it’s very close to her birthday and he’s trying to get her to apply for jobs now to get one ASAP after her 16th.

    I couldn’t wait to get a job at 16 and try to earn my own money (and get experience), but school still came first of course.

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  12. Section8

    Somebody bought that laptop, now its junk. If he wanted to restrict it’s use as punishment, great, but trashing it for the sake of a youtube video told me that he is a drama queen just like his daughter.

    Sounds like she was given several warnings, and only then he decided to fling it back. Why not use the same forum she’s using to ridicule her parents to make his statement that enough is enough?

    2)Dad made a big deal about her getting a job, at15? He is off the mark on that.

    Not really, that 3 or 4 hours 3 for 4 days a week is probably spent posting facebook crap anyhow, and she won’t be doing that now apparently.

    He further complains over having spent USD 130 on software preparing the laptop for school, before destroying it. How’s that gonna help her school work?

    Well, I guess it will be pencil, paper, and books to replace spell check and Excel calculations. Actually, I don’t think kids should be using computers for their homework or any other kind of schooling. It should be about using your own brain, and not the computations of some box. Sure, we live in a world of computers, and learning computers should be part of the education at some point, but it seems the computer is doing the learning for the students. That’s something that troubles me about education these days.

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  13. Section8

    They should have sold it on.

    That is clever, it would have been much better to see him talking, then show the facebook page while clicking the link that goes the ebay auction rather than the whole gun thing.

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  14. Mississippi Yankee

    eh also / are you sure this is real? Or is it viral marketing or a flatout fake?

    Best comment of this post.

    That man had so many ‘tells’ throughout that I half excepted him to pull off his mask at the end. Think “Mission Impossible”

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  15. Hal_10000

    This video has gone massively viral. It was on all the news here in Australia. The anchor said, “Only in America” and I had to bite down the urge to scream, “Fuck, yeah!”

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  16. salinger

    A little too much theater – seems to me the kid’s attention seeking behavior is learned from her dad. What’s the point is destroying property? Dad’s maturity level isn’t much higher than his kid’s. Nothing in her post was all that out of line for what an average 15 year old would say in a private conversation with their friends. The difference now being that pops has the ability to break into a password protected site and print out the ranting of a kid who was no doubt pissed over being told to do her chores. Special emphasis on the word kid – I mean it’s not like she was gang banging or smoking meth.

    No doubt this guy would think it is alright to read his girl’s diary – the whole dehumanizing I brought you into this world and I can take you out crap.

    Mostly I just don’t see the need to make family issues public like this – reminds me of trailer trash calling the cops on each other.

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  17. balthazar

    Rich, you dont have teenagers, you have no clue, you can enforce a bed time all you want. They will NOT actually go to sleep if they dont want to.

    If they do, great, all you can do as a parent is give them a stable household, and set boundaries. Teenagers do shit like this all the time, the question is how much you let them get away with. This father had enough, as it obviously wasnt the first time his daughter acted out like this.

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  18. Xetrov

    1) The Dad can do whatever the hell he wants with the laptop he purchased.

    2) The Dad can parent how he wants to, even stoop to her level (a level she no doubt understands now). I’d have just confiscated the laptop, but he’s probably richer than me.

    3) If it was fake, or staged on purpose, or whatever, the guy’s a genius, because I’ve seen no less than three references to his company in various national news places as a result.

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  19. Section8

    A little too much theater – seems to me the kid’s attention seeking behavior is learned from her dad.

    Actually he clearly stated she had done this before, was grounded (which is probably still too harsh of a punishment for your average leftist) and she still continued to do it.

    What’s the point is destroying property? Dad’s maturity level isn’t much higher than his kid’s.

    Could he have done that part differently, perhaps, but what he did isn’t holy shit how terrible. Laptop is gone, whether it was donates, sold or busted with a hammer or shot, it’s no longer available to her, and that’s the point.

    Nothing in her post was all that out of line for what an average 15 year old would say in a private conversation with their friends. The difference now being that pops has the ability to break into a password protected site and print out the ranting of a kid who was no doubt pissed over being told to do her chores.

    Well I guess word to the wise is keep it private and not displayed on an open forum. Granted, it might just be available to her “friends” list which could be half the whole damn town. Again, she was already warned about it. Facebook, unlike talking to your friends can be cut and pasted right of the page and emailed to everyone anyhow. Nothing on Facebook is private, and everyone should know that by now.

    Special emphasis on the word kid – I mean it’s not like she was gang banging or smoking meth.

    Special emphasis should be on kid, a kid who is dependent on her parents which they apparently are willing to provide i.e., food, shelter, laptop, electricity, and all the other stuff, in exchange has to do some chores GASP! OMG! U got to be kidding LOL. If she was gang banging or doing meth, I’m sure there would be excuses for that too.

    No doubt this guy would think it is alright to read his girl’s diary – the whole dehumanizing I brought you into this world and I can take you out crap.

    Diaries aren’t generally passed around to all your friends, much less posted on the web. Facebook is no diary. I didn’t see anywhere in the video where he threatened to take her out by the way. Overdoing it on the theater much?

    Mostly I just don’t see the need to make family issues public like this – reminds me of trailer trash calling the cops on each other.

    As opposed to our more enlightened society these days where were supposed to apologize when we don’t allow kids to do whatever they want and openly disrespect their parents. Oh, you got an F Johnny? Well in the old days of cave men, I’d be pissed, but here’s 5 bucks son at least you showed up to take the test,

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  20. Hal_10000

    Rich, you dont have teenagers, you have no clue, you can enforce a bed time all you want. They will NOT actually go to sleep if they dont want t

    Waits while balth re-reads Rich’s first comment.

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  21. salinger

    Somewhat pertinent seeing as this thread is also talking about teen’s sleep.

    Recent brain research shows that the time kids play video games actually matters more than whether or not they play them. Kids are better off coming home and playing their video games of choice immediately after school for an an hour or two and THEN doing their homework. The stimulation of things like COD actually gets all the neurons firing and improves their subsequent study time.

    Conversely, playing right up until the time of going to bed pretty much ruins any sleep they do get while their brains continue to fire away replaying the flashing narrative throughout the night and just about eliminating REM sleep. This leads to over-fatigue and it’s a downward spiral from there. While, studying before sleep calms the brain and aids in retention of that studied.

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  22. JimK *

    Conversely, playing right up until the time of going to bed pretty much ruins any sleep they do get while their brains continue to fire away replaying the flashing narrative throughout the night and just about eliminating REM sleep. This leads to over-fatigue and it’s a downward spiral from there. While, studying before sleep calms the brain and aids in retention of that studied.

    I remember reading a similar thing about basically anything with a backlit screen…the light excites the neurons and straight jacks up your sleep, whereas reading, paper or e-ink, calms the brain.

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  23. mrblume

    Admittedly, he seems to mean well. But then who doesn’t. From what I am seeing here, I’m not surprised his parenting efforts weren’t very successful so far.

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  24. HARLEY

    This has to be some kind of fake.. shooting a perfectly good lap top… stupid. I have shot a few printers, but they were junk non-working pieces of crap…..

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  25. Section8

    From what I am seeing here, I’m not surprised his parenting efforts weren’t very successful so far.

    His current effort just happened a few days ago, so we don’t know the results of that yet. His previous effort was apparently grounding her for doing something similar, so that’s the only effort we know failed so far. I’d like to know from people here what effort is the right one. Keep in mind grounding didn’t work.

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  26. Kimpost

    None of us knows much of anything of these people’s surrounding circumstances or of their particular parenting skills. The daughter could be using Facebook not only for bitching about her chores and her parents, but also for dealing meth and running a prostitution ring. Similarly the father could be a child molesting rapist. Since we don’t know let’s just assume that the father is a pretty decent guy who doesn’t like when her mostly decent daughter acts like a spoiled brat while bitching about her chores and her parents on a public forum as Facebook.

    Last time she did something similar he apparently tried grounding her, and took away her laptop and cell for a period of time, but “it didn’t work”. I have no idea to what extent it didn’t work, and what a failure in this regard actually is, but are some of us really suggesting that grounding should only be used once? Perhaps she behaved well for some time? Perhaps she just needs to have the lesson repeated a few times? If perfection is the only acceptable outcome from a disciplinary action, then I’m afraid that failure will become the norm.

    Isn’t it part of normal parenting to be trying the same thing over and over and over and over? Talk to the girl, try to reach her. Try that a million times. If that fails, try another million times. Seek professional help if you fail (yes, the pussy liberal approach). Ground the girl. Restrict her social networking. But be fucking normal and above all, act like an responsible adult. Walk away rather than responding in anger and desperation.

    /Liberal rant off

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  27. salinger

    I’d like to know from people here what effort is the right one.

    Acting like the adult. I’d suggest losing the condescending, belittling tone and feigned incredulity. I especially noticed how the girl told her parents to get off their “lazy asses” exactly as he tells her in this video. He also calls her lazy, childish, and stupid.

    You reap what you sow.

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  28. Poosh

    Shooting a laptop, ironically, was more meaningful an “anti-capitalist” gesture than anything the Occupy Movement scum have ever done.

    I’d just like to thank this Father for absolutely guaranteeing his daughter a truck full of Daddy issues. Once she’s ripe she’ll be easy prey.

    And it’s all thanks to Daddy ;p keep up the good work!

    *sidenote, I am leaning towards thinking this is a fake

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  29. Section8

    Last time she did something similar he apparently tried grounding her, and took away her laptop and cell for a period of time, but “it didn’t work”. I have no idea to what extent it didn’t work, and what a failure in this regard actually is, but are some of us really suggesting that grounding should only be used once?

    I’m not suggesting that at all. My response is the reaction, by some, to the shooting of the laptop is where the parenting failed, which to make that conclusion would have to change the rules of time to demonstrate that what happened a week ago was the cause for something that happened two weeks ago or farther back. So I’m just following the rules of logic here. The only thing we know is what he stated and that’s that he grounded her first before she did it again. Logically speaking it was the grounding method that failed if we’re going to start ridiculing this guy on his skills. We have no clue yet on how this second response turned out.

    Acting like the adult. I’d suggest losing the condescending, belittling tone and feigned incredulity. I especially noticed how the girl told her parents to get off their “lazy asses” exactly as he tells her in this video. He also calls her lazy, childish, and stupid.

    Actually, parent and child are not equal, but since we now have been pushing for a society where they are, we’re reaping the problems that come with it, which is the since if I was born, I deserve everything and to act how I want without question. I’m sure one or both people in the family are actually out working for a living to feed the rest of the family, and my guess it’s not the kid that’s pulling the bulk of the weight. Between a parent and a child one has more right to judge than the other.

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  30. salinger

    Actually, parent and child are not equal

    Precisely – but by his little video of name calling, eye rolling and property damage he stoops to her 15 year old level. Then he takes his little drama public – exactly the same behavior he was supposedly trying to dissuade in his daughter.

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  31. HARLEY

    Precisely – but by his little video of name calling, eye rolling and property damage he stoops to her 15 year old level. Then he takes his little drama public – exactly the same behavior he was supposedly trying to dissuade in his daughter.

    agreed, this has to be fake…

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  32. hist_ed

    As the dad of a 19 year old I kinda see where this guy is coming from. I could see myself doing something this dramatic after several major problems. Respect is big in my house, the only thing that really gets me to raise my voice at my little girl is disrespect. Then she gets the “you live in my house, eat my food, I pay for your tuition, etc.”

    The complaint about chores rang a bell. My daughter has to do the dishes and clean the kitchen every day (not major cleaning, just wiping down counters and sweeping). When I do this, it take less than 30 minutes. She can spend 3 hours moping her way through it if she is feeling put upon. The more likely scenario is doing the dishes while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and texting her friends. The only times I get mad at this is when she is banging pots and pans after midnight and waking the house up. Otherwise its her time, I tell her she must really love doing dishes to take so long on a simple job.

    Regarding jobs and school: it really depends on the kid. I did not want my daughter working while she was in high school; school came first. Now she’s in college she has a part time job, soon to go full time when she finishes he AA.

    The best thing about this guy is he cares. He is involved. I see a lot parents who don’t give shit that their kids are flunking, sleeping around and partying at 14. While she may have some Daddy issues, they will be minor compared to the abandonment issues others get.

    I hope he does a sequel in a few years titled “My Conversation with my daughter’s prospective prom date”

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