Jodi - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )
Mom Sells Beyblades on EBay for Playing in Bathtub with Toys
Discipline is a tricky subject. Ask any parent and they will tell you that there are different disciplines that work and some that don't. In the Bible, Proverbs 13:24
"Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline
There is no mention about selling toys on eBay when it concerns discipline. When a mother who was frustrated and at wit's end with her two young boys playing with a Hasbro toy called "Beyblades" in the bathtub she placed the items for sale along with a picture and description of her son's destructive play with the toy it quickly garnered the attention of 4Chan (a community of bidders on eBay that will rally around a cause). The bidding soared to over $999,999 before it was over.
There is no mention whether or not the toys actually sold but it raises the question:
Why not just take the toys away or give them different toys to play with in the bathtub? Whatever happened to the rubber duck? The mother chose to go public and humiliate the youngsters publicly.
The frustrated mom created a spectacle and lots of drama, along with countless news reports. Is this the correct discipline for these boys? We wonder why so many children are the way they are today and we need look no further then this example.
I've told this story before and it is worth telling again about discipline and youngsters.
When one of our girls was young, she chose to slam the door repeatedly. My husband simply and quietly went to her room and opened the door, examining the hinges. He said, "I'll be right back, I need a screwdriver to remove the door. If you slam it - you lose it."
The end result was that there were no more door slamming events in the house. We didn't have to sell the door on eBay. The sincere threat of permanently removing the door was enough to evoke change.
Of course, sometimes you have to follow through on the threats. Otherwise the idleness becomes apparent and they will lose the effectiveness.
You can see the full information, pictures and screen shots of the EBay listing here: