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Sure, any parent can send the young'uns to their bedrooms for some time out, or suspend TV privileges when the little angels act more like imps. But when traditional punishments fail, some moms and dads find the need to get more creative. Embarrassment, shame and just plain oddness were on the agenda in the households of these poor kids.

If these children are anything like most American youth, they would probably rather endure a year of grounding than the humiliation involved in some of these zany acts. In most cases, it isn't clear if these oddball sanctions were effective; but all of them are most certainly entertaining. These are unconventional ways to parent your children, but if it works, who cares, right?

What are weird parental punishments? Take a look here and see for yourself.

Mom Shoots Kids' Phones

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This southern mom yelled, "I hereby denounce the effects that social media have on my children, their disobedience and their disrespect" as she aimed her shotgun at her kids' cell phones and pulled the trigger. She continued, "I refuse to be cursed. I refuse to be disobeyed. I take back my role as your parent." As a final act of defiance and anger, she took a hammer to the phones to make sure they were broken. Seems like a waste of her own money. But hey, it probably got the point across.
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Parents Put Dog Poop in Son's Backpack

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sergeant Grady Machnick and his wife, a former elementary school principal, said they had tried just about everything to reprimand their son when he ignored his chores, stole and cursed. When the boy neglected to pick up after the household pooches, his parents placed dog feces inside their son's backpack before he headed off for school.

The parents were both eventually charged with child abuse. In court, Mr. Machnick admitted to a number of other strange punishment methods, like making his son sleep in the backyard with dog blankets and pillows, forced to walk to the nearest park restroom to relieve himself.

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Rosario Dawson Licked by Mom

Actress Rosario Dawson has stated that her mom, whom she describes as "radical," used to punish her misdeeds with a few licks of the tongue. "She’d lick me like I was her wee pup and she was a lioness. It was humiliating and really intense," said the star of Sin City and Deathproof.

Ultimately, Dawson admitted that the punishment worked. She also noted that her mother was offbeat in more ways than just her child-rearing methods, and would show up for P.T.A meetings with a giant nose ring.

She also says that she has opted for a relatively conservative lifestyle today as a result of having such an unconventional mother.

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Dad Makes Daughter Sword Fight

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One father in Washington State "went Medieval" on his 16-year-old daughter when she left home without permission. He made the teen don armor and wield a wooden sword so that the two could resolve their conflict in a decidedly non-peaceful way. This sword battle occurred only after the 38-year-old hit his daughter with a switch, leaving bruises.

The authorities were called, and the dad reportedly defended himself by claiming since the girl was 16, she was old enough to fight out their differences. This was not enough to convince officials, who ended up charging him with assault. The mother was arrested as well, and charged with accessory to assault with a deadly weapon.

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