Dad takes cue from ‘Taken’ in motivating kids to do chores

(Photo Provided/Shane Labuzan)

CARMEL (WISH) — A Carmel man is getting a lot of attention across social media for his parenting skills.

The father of three said he has been fed up with his children for not cleaning up in the kitchen.

The idea to put up a sign near the kitchen sink threatening to disconnect the internet came from the 2008 action thriller Taken starring Liam Neeson.

Shane Labuzan shared a photo of the sign on Reddit not too long ago and it has since been shared thousands of times across social media.

The Labuzan’s family kitchen has been pretty clean these past couple of days and the head of the household credits the Hollywood movie.

“I’m trying to find ways to connect with them on their level, I guess,” said Labuzan. “The point is, you know, that’s where they spend their time. That’s why disconnecting them is so effective.”

Labuzan said it has been a nightmare for him and his fiancé trying to get their teenage children to wash and put the dishes away.

“My kids always joke that this is my passive aggressive way of trying to get my parenting points across to them,” said Labuzan.

Labuzan said the sign was inspired by a monologue from the movie Taken where Liam Neeson’s character is threatening his daughter’s kidnapper to give her up or else.

“If you clean up your mess that will be the end of it. I will not look for you. I will not pursue you,” said Labuzan. “But if you don’t, I will look for you and I will find you and I will disconnect you.”

Labuzan said when he first put up the sign, his kids didn’t take him seriously.

“I would say in the last two weeks, there’s been like two cups and three plates and that’s it in that sink,” said Labuzan. “Those were the disconnection times. I feel somewhat petty for disconnecting them for that one thing, but I’m like if you don’t do it for that one thing, then there will be 20 plates and 30 glasses, so it’s been successful.”

Labuzan said he doesn’t know how much longer the sign will be up. He’s just hoping that his children will learn a valuable lesson at the end of the day.

“I’m sure every summer when they come back, we’ll have to start these battles over again,” said Labuzan. “But overall, they are really good kids. They have their stuff together, they have good jobs and they have good grades. It’s just they’re not good roommates yet, they’ll learn how to do that.”

Labuzan told 24-Hour News 8 he is already working to come up with new signs to try to get his kids to turn off the lights when they go to bed and to tackle their laundry.

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