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Spokane man uses 'creative parenting' to discipline son

SPOKANE, Wash - Spokane County says about 15,000 cars drive past Francis and Monroe each day. If you're one of those drivers you might have seen a 9-year old boy standing there with a cardboard sign this week.

He wasn't asking for money, he was asking for forgiveness.


Would you use public humiliation to discipline your child? Do you use any "alternative" methods of disciple?

"I applaud this Father for finding a creative alternative way to discipline his child!  It is far better to discipline your child while they are younger rather then leave it to the Police dept. when they are older!!! ...Bravo to this Father, He is only wanting the best for his son!"

- Shelley
Palouse, WA

"...I was appalled when I passed this child and it left me thinking if this is the discipline they mete out in public, what do they do in private.  It is the height of ignorance.  It also made me want to hand the parents a sign to hold that says IGNORANT PARENTING!"

- Connie McGovern
Spokane, WA

Click here to share your thoughts and read what others have said.


The boy's stepfather Steve, says his son Jerry has a history of theft, and it was the last straw when the boy's principal called after finding the boy at school with a lighter.

The student said he found it. His dad says he stole it from him.

Steve says he tried grounding the boy and it didn't work. He tried yelling and that didn't work. So he made his son stand on the corner and tell everyone what's going on.

Asked what others have been saying to him about his alternative parenting method, Steve says most of the feedback he's getting is positive. Only a few drivers asked him what he was doing.

After two mornings, Steve plans to call the project off, saying his son has held the sign long enough and hopefully learned his lesson.

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  • KHQ&A: Would you use public humiliation?

    After grounding and scolding failed to discipline his son, one Spokane father resorted to having his son stand on a street corner with a sign announcing his guilt. Would you use public humiliation to discipline your child? Do you use any "alternative" methods of discipline with your children? Scroll down to share your thoughts here.

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