Outrage over dad's method for making sure kids behave during Christmas
Parents have their own methods and theories for keeping their kids well behaved. The tried-and-tested method - especially at this time of year - is saying that Santa won't be delivering any presents if you're badly behaved.
However one dad has decided to go quite a few steps further.
His method to keeping his kids in line has gone viral after he shared it on TikTok - and the video has caused quite the stir as people debate whether it's a step too far.
The brief clip shows stacks of so called 'presents' around a roaring fire, and has been viewed more than 21 million times.
The dad explains: "Christmas is coming, and here is a sure fire way to ensure your little darlings behaving proper."
The captions on the video said: "With Christmas approaching, here is a top tip for parents.
"Wrap up some empty boxes and pretend they have presents. Then each time one of those little f**kers misbehaves, chuck one on to the fire."
@bennyg7070 Christmas is coming, and here is a sure fire way to ensure your little darlings behaving proper. #christmas #hack #lifehack #fire #children ♬ original sound - Bennyg7070 ???
Cue intense debate in the comments about childhood trauma.
One raged: "How to cause trauma to children."
Another wrote: "If you need to do this to get your kids to behave, then the issue is not with the kids."
A third added: "Ah yes, let's start the childhood trauma early and make them hate Christmas."
However many found it quite funny, with one viewer commenting: "This is hilarious."
Another wrote: "My dad did this, we started to behave after this."
It's likely that this is in fact a joke - and we'd be very surprised if he was actually employing this technique - but there are probably some out there who reckon it's a good idea.
Just be careful you don't go burning actual presents. You won't be laughing if you chuck a new iPhone or PlayStation 5 on the fire.
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