A Texas father came up with a much more creative punishment than an old-fashioned grounding after his teen daughter broke the rules.
Madelynn Sumpter, 15, got into some hot water recently when she and her her friends snuck some boys into a sleepover — so Madelynn’s parents Tawnya Ford and Larry Sumpter gave her a choice: She could either surrender her cell phone for a whole month, or just surrender control of her social media accounts for two weeks.
Madelynn went the social media route, and soon her 43-year-old father was posting selfies and other embarrassing photos from her Instagram account.
Awkward! Texas father Larry Sumpter (right) is embarrassing his teen daughter on social media as a creative form of punishment
Troublemaker: Madelynn Sumpter , 15, got into some hot water recently when she and her her friends snuck some boys into a sleepover
Take your pick: Her parents let her choose whether to give up her phone for a month or give them control of her social channels for two weeks — and she chose the latter
Taking advantage: Her dad has been posting funny photos on her Instagram account along with clever captions
He’s a natural: He seems to have gotten the hang of it pretty quickly and uses funny hashtags
Larry, who lives in Denton, said Madelynn didn’t hesitate in picking the social media takeover, clearly finding the thought of giving up her phone for a whole month too terrible to bear.
But the takeover quickly turned more humiliating than she imagined.
Starting on November 11, Larry starting posting on her page, uploading a smiling selfie.
‘Felt cute. Might delete later,’ he captioned it.
After that, Madelynn begged him to take her phone instead.
‘After the first day, Madelynn was like, “I changed my mind, I choose the one month,”‘ mom Tawnya told Today. ‘Larry told her, “No. I’m too invested. I have too many ideas. We’re sticking with the two weeks.”
Spreading the news: He announced the takeover with a snap of Madelynn bowing her head in shame, with a caption reading: ‘Maddi got herself grounded’
Multi-talented: As well as posting on Instagram, Larry has also uploaded a few mortifying videos on TikTok
Chic! He modeled a few outfits and poses on her Instagram account through November
Popularity contest: Larry’s posts earned thousands of likes each, proving more popular that the teen’s own posts
Oh dear… Madelynn’s posts, like this one, only scored a few hundred likes — but she’d only posted twice before the takeover
Mortified: ‘After the first day, Madelynn was like, “I changed my mind, I choose the one month,”‘ her mom said
Stuck: Larry told her that she’d picked her punishment and needed to stick with it
Take that! The funny parents have clearly taught the mortified teen a lesson
‘He’s loving it. I think he’s gonna make his own TikTok account when this over.’
Another post shows Larry wearing a blond wig and posing in a tight T-shirt with scrunchies on his wrist, doing his best impression of a VSCO girl.
‘Like, can we save the mother freakin turtles already?!’ he captioned it.
He later uploaded a snap of him in his construction hat, writing: ‘May do a photo shoot later…may not idk? #parenttakeover #makebetterchoices #instagood ##followme #feelingcute.’
He has also posted several silly videos on her TikTok account, including one that shows him trying to twerk.
Keeping things chill: Sometimes, the funny dad just posted normal selfies with funny captions
Favorite hobby? Larry apparently loves embarrassing his daughter and has picked her up from school in costume
Shake it! He shared a video of himself dancing and twerking on TikTok
Fun and games: ‘We’re always down to embarrass our kids!’ the teen’s mom said
She’s back! Maddi finally got control of her Instagram back a week ago
Tawnya indicated that Madelynn should have expected as much, since her dad likes to do embarrassing things like pick her up at school dressed as the mascot.
‘We’re always down to embarrass our kids!’ she said.
But it’s not all bad: Larry may have actually helped his daughter build up a bigger Instagram following.
She’d previously only posted two photos that got a few hundred likes each, while her dad’s posts have racked up thousands of likes.