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Rich Kid Torches Ferrari So Dad Will Buy Him New One

Parenting Money Discipline (Corrective)

Source: "Rich Kid Torches Ferrari So Dad Will Buy Him New One" By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff, Posted Aug 11, 2015 8:03 PM CDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-27

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Author: Illustration Exchange


NEWSER reports that a “20 year-old Swiss man, who said he wasn’t brave enough to tell his father he was tired of his old Ferrari, paid three people to torch the $245,000 car.” He reportedly did this in the hope that his millionaire father would buy him a new one.

What makes this story even juicier is that this was just one of 15 cars the son had been gifted with, not to mention $30 million in property and a $10,000 a month allowance. And even though the young man was caught red-handed, thanks to surveillance cameras and intercepted phone calls, he was only sentenced to 22 months probation and a $32,000 fine.


If nothing else, this story provides a menu of choices for where to place one’s outrage. The incredible narcissism of the act itself, the ridiculous leniency of the sentence that followed, or the lavish spoiling of this young man that made all the rest inevitable are all top picks on the menu.

I pick the lavish spoiling that made all the rest inevitable.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV).

Shamed Daughter Jumps to Her Death

Fatherhood Discipline (Corrective) Shame

Source: “Girl, 13, commits suicide after dad’s public-shaming video posted online” by TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE, posted JUNE 5, 2015, Fox 5 San Deigo

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4

Author: Illustration Exchange


As Father’s Day 2015 approaches, this may be one of the sadder headlines to hit the news wires: “Girl, 13, commits suicide after dad’s public-shaming video posted online.”

Fox 5 San Diego reports that a 13-year-old Washington girl, Izabel Laxamana, “took her own life after her father recorded a video of him punishing her, sparking a debate over public shaming videos posted online by parents.”

The disobedience for which Izabel was being punished is unclear. But whatever the infraction, her father, as punishment, cut off her long locks of hair, and videotaped her reaction.

“The consequences of getting messed up?” the father says for the camera as he pans from his daughter’s face to a pile of hair lying at her feet.  “Man, you lost all that beautiful hair.  Was it worth it?”

“No,” Laxamana says.

Izabel, already reported to be the object of bullying, could not withstand the deluge of ridicule and railing that came in response to the video.* Izabel jumped out of a car and jumped from an overpass, falling to her death on Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington.

*It should be noted that it was an undisclosed third party who was said to be “trying to help” who posted the video to the internet.


According to the report, “Board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jodi Gold says if you are at a loss as to how to best help your bullied child, the first step is to make sure you’re not part of the problem.”

Scripture is clear that we, as parents (in particular, fathers) have a responsibility to not be “part of the problem.” One way we can better ensure that we aren’t is to follow the biblical mandate found in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” (NLT).

If we fail in this critical mandate the results can be anything from damaging to downright tragic.

May God bring grace and healing to this family and community.

Desperate Baltimore Mom Assualts Son to Save Him Harm

Motherhood Discipline (Corrective) Love (Tough Love)

Source: “Baltimore teenager smacked by 'hero mom' says he's learned his lesson: But should we be celebrating her?” By Dylan Stableford, posted Yahoo! News, April 30, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-04

Scripture: Proverbs 22:15 ; Proverbs 15:20

Author: Illustration Exchange


In the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray--a young black man who, amidst charges of police brutality, died after having his neck broken while in police custody--the streets of Baltimore erupted in massive protests, often violent, which resulted in injury to both police and protesters, not to mention widespread damage from vandalism and looting.

By now you’ve no doubt seen the viral video of a concerned Baltimore mother chasing down, clawing at, grabbing and smacking her teenage son in an effort to stop him from engaging in the violence.* The video garnered not only social networking headlines, but mainstream media headlines as well, prompting the NEW YORK POST’s Wednesday (4/29/15) edition to lead with the front page headline: “Forget the National Guard. SEND IN THE MOMS.”

Response to the incident has resulted in both cheers and jeers, with some hailing her as a hero, and others indicting her as just another “stereotypical” black mom who thinks “the only way to control black kids is to beat them.”

Yet Toya Graham, a 42-year-old single mother of six, is unapologetic, saying she didn’t want her son to become “another Freddie Gray.”

"I was so angry with him that he had made a decision to do some harm to the police officers,” Graham told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. "I just lost it at that point.”

Her 16 yr old son, Michael, was no doubt mortified to be so publicly disciplined by his mother. "I was just like, 'Oh, man. What is my mother doing down here? Why would she be down here?'" he told Cooper. "But when I heard, 'Put that brick down,' I was like, 'Oh, that's my mother.'"

Yet with a little time and space to think about, he's actually come to be grateful for her intervention, later telling ABC News, “I understand how much my mother really cares about me. So I’m just going to try to do better."

Graham doesn’t see herself as a hero. “I don’t,” she said in an interview on CBS This Morning. “My intention was just to get my son and have him be safe.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts applauded her, saying, "I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight.”

Even the Obama White House chimed in on her parental prowess and passion with press secretary Josh Earnest calling her intervention a "powerful expression about the role that parents can play."

*Click the link to source above to view the video clip of the altercation.


Whether you live in the inner city or in a mansion on a hilltop, moms are on the front lines—sometimes literally!—when it comes to teaching their kids the hard lessons of life and protecting their safety.

No doubt we’d all wish that Graham hadn’t had to engage in a physical struggle with her son. Graham herself assured concerned reporters that this was not the usual way she interacted with or disciplined her son. But what was her choice? She found herself on a battlefield. Dodging danger herself, she took desperate measures to get her son's attention and drag him from the fray. This was a mother doing what she felt she had to do to protect her son.

Moms, are you willing to do whatever you have to do to protect your children? Perhaps if more moms were, we wouldn’t have needed the National Guard after all. “Forget the National Guard. SEND IN THE MOMS!”

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away” (Proverbs 22:15).

“A foolish man despises his mother” (Proverbs 15:20b).

Billy Ray Cyrus Says Satan Ruined His Family

Deceived/Deception Parenting Discipline (Corrective)

Contributed By: Darryl Woodson | Date Posted: 2015-03-08

Scripture: Proverbs 19:18

Author: Shari Weiss / Darryl Woodson

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When God Puts On the Brakes

Arrogance Discipline (Corrective) Submission

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-03-19

Scripture: Proverbs 3:11 ; Hebrews 12:6

Author: Barnett Gushin

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Safe Boundaries

Commandments God's Care Discipline (Corrective)

Contributed By: John Carpenter | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:11

Author: John Carpenter

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Napoleon and the Furrier

Fear Discipline (Corrective) Empathy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-02

Scripture: Hebrews 12:10

Author: Steve Andreas

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What's Playing At The Methodist Church?

Forgiveness Holy Spirit Discipline (Corrective)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-26

Scripture: Isaiah 30:10 ; Proverbs 3:11

Author: Dr. Rich Dorst

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Be In Your Children's Memories

Discipline (Corrective) Motherhood Fatherhood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-14

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4

Author: Barbara Johnson

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Discipline or Child Abuse?

Discipline (Corrective) Abuse Parenting

Contributed By: Leroy Larson | Date Posted: 2012-03-14

Scripture: Proverbs 13:24

Author: Dana Mack

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