Child Abuse Or Tough Parenting?

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in Weird

Parents forced their 4 yr old to run in the snow in only underwear to grow a "masculine temperament". Story in credits
There are 35 comments:
Male 289
pff..all of you gonna raise some weak tutu wearin` wusses,nono,"child abuse",really?! o.O weak minded fools :-/
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Female 2,525
This isn`t going to make him masculine. It`s just going to make him hate his parents.
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Male 500
what @cityncolour said
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Male 25,417
He will be a man!!!!!!!!
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Male 164
This guy is going to be one bad ass mofo.
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Male 542

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Male 379
to the last several of you who qualify this as legitimate discipline, you miss the point. first off, you have no idea how long that kid was even out in the cold. second, regardless of whether or not he was in "danger" there are better ways of teaching your child a lesson or making them "do something they don`t want to do." really? please. try to rationalize a little more why don`t you. if someone wants to treat a child like this, fine. i have no right to tell you how to raise your child. but i do know an a*shole when i see one. and if you justify this behavior, you`re an idiot. period.
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Female 1,203
Russian style parenting=best parenting for all cultures! :P I see 2 things wrong with this though: the "masculine" part. I`d say make all genders do this to toughen up a bit. But that leads to the second: making him run in underwear is a bit creepy. Pedo bear is having a hell of a time right now :P
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Male 2,384
darwin`s theory in action
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Male 371
This is a valid way to teach your child "In life, you`re going to have to do things that you don`t want to do, even when you don`t understand why, but they will make you stronger."

Now, please, the majority of you who appear to disapprove, give me a reason why EXACTLY this NECESSARILY qualifies as Bad Parenting......
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Male 371
I`m surprised at how many people are so upset by this. I probably wouldn`t do this to my own kid, but it`s pretty obvious that the boy wasn`t even close to being in any danger. He was whining at the discomfort, just like any kid whines when he does something he doesn`t want to (which is practically ALL THE TIME if he has responsible parents.) He probably is (or will be) proud of himself for rising to his parents` challenge. Just because a child is disciplined in ways we`re not familiar with doesn`t mean he`s being abused or going to be an unhappy adult. Chill the F*ck out.
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Male 559
I think IAB needs to create a new category: Bad Parenting. It seems to be quite common on the site today.
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Male 2,988
not child abuse
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Female 803
@Scuzoid, it depends on the person. I`ve been in Chicago all my life, where we`re well known to have all four seasons in one day. So far this is one of the best (read: mildest) winters in my memory, and I`m still freezing. My body hates the cold and the snow as well as the scorchingly hot summers, and I`m moving somewhere more temperate as soon as I graduate.
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Male 15,182
Kid`s saying if you`re so manly, why are you wearing fake Northface?
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Male 646
wow, those chinese are really f`ed up huh
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Male 1,268
Don`t care whether or not it`s abusive. It`s idiotic. I grew up and lived up till 22 in one of the most temperate parts of the US where winters were rarely below 40 and summers were rarely above 90. Then just because the human body is fully capable of it, acclimatized to a winter`s 20 and below in a couple of weeks and summer`s of 110 and above. Every year. For about seven years straight just out of sheer luck with my billets.
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Male 1,471
Wow.. Child abuse, no question..
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Male 238
You guys are just jealous because his child is going to grow up an important business man with mad kung fu skills and your children will have to conform to a job at Mickey D`s flipping burgers. That or prostitution/porn.
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Male 2,586
If that kid stopped whining and started running, he`d warm up a lot quicker!
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Female 403
Thats fascinating. If the kid ran, he`d realise he`d warm up and not feel cold. Keepign moving etc. Its almost a practical science lesson about the human body. Not sure a 5 year old needs to learn it.

I don`t think it`s a reccomended parenting technique but I doubt it`ll do him any harm - especially as you see him laughing at the end when they get home.

When I think about the mental things my parents made me do as a kid, this would probably be on par!

It`d be abuse if they didn`t make sure he warmed up properly and he caught hyperthermia.
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Male 5,811
I`d say it`s stupid parenting.
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Male 39,548

I`m sure he`ll grow up to be a very productice, conformist, psychologically screwed up man.
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Male 5,189
Maybe at 5 years old.
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Male 42
Western Civilization would think its abusive, Eastern Civilization would think its productive. IAB Civilization thinks its funny lol.
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Male 3,477
My friend celebrates the first large snowfall of the year by running around his house naked and making several "naked snow angels". It`s a pretty large house too and he`s pretty tough, heck, he just turned 46.
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Male 17,512
It`s abusive in our culture, in China, their culture is different.
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Male 4,793
"God DAMN that pisses me off. i hope his parents die of drating cancer. goddamn them to drating hell."

Yeah because that would totally help the kid out in life.
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Male 4,793
meh. it`s debatable on either side.
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Male 718
God DAMN that pisses me off. i hope his parents die of drating cancer. goddamn them to drating hell.
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Male 718
Not Cool (lol, get it?)
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Male 3,745
its abuse...want you child to be more masculine? make him watch "Rambo" a 20 or 30 times...if that doesn`t work then too damn bad...
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Male 3,285
Wish some American or English parents would do this.
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Male 4,745
Abuse. In fact, I`d punch the father right in the mouth if I saw something like that.
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Female 8,043
Link: Child Abuse Or Tough Parenting? [Rate Link] - Parents forced their 4 yr old to run in the snow in only underwear to grow a `masculine temperament`. Story in credits
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