If your kid is falling behind in school, it can be difficult to encourage them to keep up. One dad, however, had a pretty savage method of encouraging his son to keep his grades up — and no, it didn't have anything to do with tutoring.
The unnamed dad is getting a lot of attention for a photo of him from a basketball game. The photo, taken at Cleveland Cavaliers-Charlotte Hornets game Friday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows a dad holding a sign addressed to his son.
"Thomas get your grades up and next time you'll be here," the sign reads. "Love, Dad."
The photo, originally taken by USA Today sports photographer Jeremy Brevard, has been making the rounds, and the internet is living for this dad's parenting methods. After ESPN shared the photo on their Instagram, it received over 195,000 likes, with commenters torn between respecting the mystery dad and thinking this situation is a little messed up.
Most thought his tough love made him "dad of the year."
Though some did call the dad out for being at a game instead of helping his son.
It seems as if that first message wasn't enough, however, because Thomas's dad was back on Sunday at another game with a different sign. "Dad of the year" made an appearance at the Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder game, with a sign reading, "Thomas can you hear me now? STUDENT then ATHLETE son. In that order. Love, Dad."
Whether or not you agree with his parenting methods, you do have to respect this dad for going viral just to get a message to his son.