Also (can't find a link), but has anyone heard the story of the Ohio woman who just recently made her 12 yr old son stand on the corner with the sign saying "I am a thief and a liar"?
She acknowledges it was drastic means, and she probably wouldn't take such extreme measures again, but everything else she has tried hasn't worked to stop/correct her son's behavior that included smoking and stealing.
Agree/Disagree with her tactics?
My two brothers and I were quite ornery growing up. We made Eddie Haskell look like the Pope. I remember when I was 10 I got in a fight with my Mom prior to school. When I got home I decided to show her and run away from home. "Running away" meant getting on my bike and going to Grandmas, which was about 20 miles away. And it was on roads that weren't considered safe for such an activity, including a state route and highway.
Anyway, when I walked in the door at Grandmas, she was looking around waiting to see the rest of the family to come strolling in behind me. When they didn't, and she figured out what I did, she called home. I figured Mom and Dad would be really worried about me, and that is what I wanted.
When they got there I thought Dad would throw the bike in the back of the car and find some other way to punish me. He instead told me that since I enjoy riding my bike so much to get my @$$ on that bike because I was riding it home! So there I was, and it was now nighttime, riding that bike all the way back home while they were following behind me with the headlights on me.
I never ran away from home again.