I think kids actually vent all the time, as much as adults will bitch to their friends about how much they hate their boss. Is that disrespect? Maybe, maybe not. I think the girl's issue is that she posted that on FaceBook, so it was more public than just a private vent to friends. Kids still haven't realized the electronic media is not a secure/prudent place to air your dirty laundry. I'm not naive enough to think that most kids don't at some point badmouth their parents to friends; basically though, you need to keep it under wraps, even if you're letting off steam.
To be honest, the issues we're having with my daughter right now -- she's written nastier messages to my ex than that letter this guy read to the camera. My daughter isn't a truant either, she's just really strong-willed and is working through what it means to be 13; somehow we have to clamp down on that without crushing her. And boy is she giving us a run for the money.
I thought it was really sweet that he plugged it once for his wife. What a man of thoughtfulness!Man. Guns are just the best way to show people that you mean business, though.
He claimed he had her (1) sweep the kitchen floor, which takes five minutes and (2) wipe the counters down if they are dirty, which takes 1 minute if they are dirty and 0 minutes if they are not. She is also in charge of only washing her OWN clothes and making her OWN bed. Or did your mom always do all your laundry for you? I don't remember the mopping. THeir stories did not match up, so someone was lying and/or exaggerating. (I'm going to guess there was some incident where she was pissed at having to do chores, and one day he happened to drag mud in the house from the field and she didn't clean it up and got in trouble for not doing the 3-minute sweep, so she had a conniption.)
Our kids wash their own clothes. When you have four people living in a house, forcing one person with a full-time job to wash everyone else's clothes when there are other things to get done (cleaning, dinner, transportation, etc.) is just an extra drain... especially if one or more of the kids change their clothes more than once a day. The kids are teenagers and have to learn anyway, once they leave for college; they might as well understand it now. I'm not sure why you think forcing a 15-year-old to wash and dry their own laundry to be such an insufferable task; kids should be learning to do chores and contribute to the family's success, with more responsibility being given to them as they get older.