This dad appears to have come up with an ingenious trick to get his kids to behave when they complain about chores and give their parents attitude.
Gentle parenting has become the newest and most riveting parenting trend on social media that implements rewarding feelings, setting healthy boundaries and raising children with compassion instead of punishments and time-outs. While many social media parents have adopted this parenting style, one TikTok dad has put a new twist on gentle parenting that revolves around making his kids cringe. Ginger Jack (@bbeard) posted a clip on the video-sharing platform and referred to it as “gentle parenting with malicious intent.” In the clip, Jack appears to have an igneous trick when his kids complain about chores with an attitude.
“New rule. Whenever one of you starts giving me attitude, I'm going to start hitting on Mom," the dad says as his wife enters the room. “Hey there, sugar. How are you doing, baby girl?" He attempts to entice his wife, saying: "How do you feel about another child? I could rub your ankles real good." The kids can be heard retching in the background after witnessing their parents flirt.
Jack then turns to his kids and asks, “Are we gonna adjust that attitude?" to which the kids answer with a hasty "Yes." He adds, “So, the next time I instruct you guys to do the dishes without fighting, you will do the dishes without fighting, or I will hit on Mom in front of you loudly." He warns the kids: “I could start kissing. I love kisses.”
Jack adds more depth to his warnings and starts flirting with his wife in Spanish saying, "Mi amor mi mamacita caliente," to which one of his kids responds: "I don't know what that means, but I probably don't want to know." In any scenario, it is terrifying for kids to see their parents flirt with each other so openly, and everybody in the comments felt the pain of the kids. "Do you want to imagine what I said to Mom?" Jack asks before his kids retort with a scared "No."
His kids continuously say sorry and plead with their dad to stop before they witness a new episode of a Spanish novella. "You better be sorry," he tells them, adding, "I know you would have rather I just used the belt, but this is better for me. You should escape your feels. You guys can feed the animals without fighting."
Saw a video on TikTok on "gentle parenting with malicious intent."— 𝐇𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐌𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐤𝐨 🌈 (@_Ursh) May 28, 2023
Every time the kids act up, he doesn't punish them, he starts aggressively flirting with their mom. And it works 😭
In a follow-up video at the request of his viewers, Jack is, once again, seen threatening his older kids for not answering when mom calls for them. "You should respect when she calls your name," he says to one of his kids. "Do you like having a name you can use in public? Did you know I can go down to an office right now and legally change your name to Booger Breath?" he asks.
After his kids respond with a loud "No!" Jack proudly says, “I can do that! That’s the power I have! So, let's pretend I didn't come in here, and Mom called your name politely and you respectfully answered to come see what she needed.”
In the comments, people could not get enough of Jack's "unique" parenting technique. "At that point, I'd deep clean the house, my soul, and this God-forsaken world," said @mellomoosh. "The way I immediately sent this to my husband because we have two preteen daughters and life is rough," added @holygingersbatman. "I love this so much! My kids are horrified when my husband and I show affection to each other but I never thought of using it as motivation," wrote @ashleelusk795.