TMZ- Adrian Peterson says he HATED the way his parents physically disciplined him while he was growing up -- but believed it was effective ... and that's why he treats his kids the same way.
AP has been catching a lot of flak for child abuse lately. It's probably being a little bit overblown coming on the heels of the Ray Rice disaster. Really shitty timing for him. On the surface, he looks really dumb for saying he's an 'A+ parent'. However, what the fuck was he supposed to say?
I don't think Adrian is an A+ parent by any means, but I don't think he meant to hurt his child as badly as he did either. My parents never whooped me growing up, but that doesn't mean those that do are bad parents. Maybe he is a bad parent, or maybe he just made a mistake. That's not really the point though. The point is of course he gave himself an A+. You ask any parent what grade they would give themselves and it's an A+. Maybe an A if they are modest. Anything lower than an A and that parent might as well be giving themselves an F. What would you think of someone if you asked them to grade their parenting and they said 'B-'. I wouldn't even know what the fuck that means. I would just assume they are an awful parent though.
Parenting is one of those things where you think you are doing it right, or you KNOW you are doing it wrong. Bad parents can be broken down into 2 categories: Those that think they are good parents and those that know they are bad parents. Petersen falls into the first category. Does anyone really believe Petersen hates his kids? He was raised a certain way. Generally speaking, children take on the parenting tactics of their parents. It's human nature. Whether that is right or wrong is up for debate, but it is a fact. Obviously AP went overboard, and I think he knows that. Let's not act like the actions of Petersen are on par with those of Ray Rice. Don't kill him for physically discipling his kids, kill him for the extent of which he did it.
You can certainly grade him at less than an A+, but I would base that off the criteria that he has a baker's dozen worth of kids and he can't count their mothers on both hands. That's just me though...