Over the past few decades, people have had to come up with more creative ways to discipline their children as time-honored techniques like "locking them in a room," "shoving a bar of soap in their mouth" and "hitting them with a stick" have fallen increasingly out of favor.
Corporal punishment might not be super acceptable anymore, but public shaming certainly is, and a barbershop outside of Atlanta has come up with a new strategy for parents who want to think outside the box when disciplining their children.
That strategy is "old man haircuts," which Russell Fredrick, the 34-year-old co-owner of A-1 Kutz, dreamed up after his son Rushawn failed to respond to more traditional means of punishment.
Dubbed the "Benjamin Button Special," it's fairly easy to see why this approach might be particularly effective -- especially when you consider just how much middle school students rely on making fun of other people to feel better about themselves.
The technique gathered a fair amount of attention after Fredrick posted before-and-after photos of his most recent victim, a 10-year-old who was sentenced to baldness after acting up at school.
According to the Washington Post, some behavioral experts suggest this punishment may do more harm than good in the long run, but that hasn't stopped a number of parents from reaching out and contacting the barbershop in the hopes of teaching their children a very special lesson.
It might not be the best way, but I think we can all agree it's one of the funnier ones.