Q. I recently opened Facebook and found that my sister had posted a picture of my nephew, her son, who was crying and holding a sign that said, “I lied to my family.”
My sister divorced her husband seven years ago, and though her son is the product of a split home, he seems to be doing better than she is.
Things haven’t been easy for my sister. I know that my nephew had stopped doing his homework, which frustrated her, and I also know that I shouldn’t judge the parenting methods of other people.
Seeing my nephew treated this way on Facebook, however, was like a slap in the face to me. I was and am still furious about it because I know that I would never have used a method like this on my own kids, let alone on my wonderful nephew.
I didn’t react well and asked my sister to take the picture down immediately, but I’m still afraid that the punishment may have harmed him indirectly, which would make it even worse.