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Father Teaches His Son a Lesson On YouTube, But It's Not What You Think

Emma Goddard
by Emma Goddard Published on June 1, 2015

Wayman Gresham took out an electric razor to shave his son's head, but right before shaving him bald, Gresham embraced him instead. In a video posted to YouTube, that has since gone viral on comedian and actor Mike Epp's Facebook page, the father made it a point to send an important message to his fellow parents. Rather than publicly shaming his child on social media — an unfortunate trend we've seen as of late — Gresham offered him love and support.

Although his son wasn't actually in the slightest bit of trouble, Gresham took it upon himself to create his video to call out parents who in fact do carry out similar acts against their children. Sadly, it's not uncommon for mothers and fathers to embarrass their kids online by publishing videos where they yell at them, posting photos of them wearing degrading signs, and yes, even shaving their heads.

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In one case, a Florida mother was arrested for child abuse, outed by the very T-shirt she made her own daughter wear for failing grades at school​. Similarly, a father shamed his son, who was allegedly a school bully, by forcing him to hold a sign on the highway reading, "I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies." Many instances like this have occurred in recent years, and while some parents might feel it's the only way to teach their kids a lesson, Gresham believes otherwise. And I have to say, he has a pretty valid point.

"There's no way in the world I would ever embarrass my son like that," Gresham said. "It doesn't take all of that. Good parenting starts before he even gets to the point of being out of control. Good parenting is getting up in the middle of the night and praying for your child. Good parenting is letting your child let you know you love them regardless of what they are and who they are and showing them the way by example."

What do you think about Wayman Gresham's message to other parents? Tweet us @wewomenUSA!

This article was written by Emma Goddard. Follow her on Twitter @egoddardhokie.

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