If your kid’s acting out, barber Russell Fredrick and his team at A-1 Kutz, a barbershop in suburban Atlanta, are happy to help with a creative kind of discipline.
Parents can bring in their bad kids three days a week and ask for the “Benjamin Button Special,” where the bad kid in question will be styled like an old man.
The Washington Post reported on the shop’s unusual offering:
The cut involves shaving hair off the child’s crown until he begins to resemble a balding senior citizen, inviting that unique brand of adolescent humiliation that can only come from teasing classmates and unwanted attention.
“So u wana act grown…well now u look grown too,” the barber wrote on Instagram. “The grown-up kids special. Bring more bad kids to @a1__kutz for this kut.”
Fredrick, who co-owns the shop and has three kids, said he was inspired to offer the special after he saw immediate results when he tried it out on his 12-year-old son, Rushawn, for getting bad grades.
But those grades “dramatically skyrocketed” after the haircut, Fredrick told the Post.
“Parents are at a loss,” the 34-year-old dad said. “When you go to discipline kids these days, they can’t necessarily use physical punishment they way parents did in the past, but they have to do something.”
Some experts believe that shaming as a form of discipline can be “ineffective and even destructive,” research psychologist Peggy Drexler reported in psychology today.
“Many kids will act out as a cry for attention or for firmer limits,” she wrote. “Most kids — especially boys — have an impulse to push boundaries while also needing to know that they’ll be reigned in.”
Wife Files For Divorce After Dad Refuses To Give Up Newborn With Down Syndrome
Samuel Forrest’s wife left him after he decided to raise their son, who has Down syndrome. He turned to a crowdfunding site, where he was met with an outpouring of support from strangers.
All in a day, Samuel Forrest found out his son was born with Down syndrome and that his wife would leave him because he wanted to raise the child.
Forrest’s son, Leo, was born on Jan. 21 in an Armenian hospital. Doctors there broke the news to him that the baby was born with Down syndrome.
“I had a few moments of shock,” he told ABC News. But when he held his newborn for the first time, he fell in love.
“I looked at this guy and I said, he’s beautiful,” Forrest said of the meeting. “He’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him.”
When he went to see his wife in the hospital room, she gave him an “ultimatum.”
“She told me if I kept him, then we would get a divorce,” Forrest said.
His wife filed for divorce a week later. Forrest said he was also no longer welcome in the home that they had lived in with her family.
The baby’s mother, Ruzan Badalyan, told ABC that she had a baby with Down syndrome who was with the father, whom she had left. She did not provide additional details to the network.
In Armenia there is still little awareness about the disabled, Unicef Reported. Children are sometimes institutionalized in orphanages or boarding schools at birth.