11 Overprotective Parents Who Should've Been On 'Parental Control'

These kids learned their lessons the hard way.

MTV's "Parental Control" took helicopter parenting to a whole new level. In the show, parents who were unhappy with their kid's significant other could set 'em up on a new date -- with a person they chose and approved themselves.

Sounds a teensy bit overbearing, right? The show was endlessly entertaining -- who doesn't want to watch parents hurtle insults at a stubborn teenager with a potty mouth? -- but only because it wasn't you in that situation. If your parents tried to dictate your love life, things would probably get pretty nasty too.

But overprotective parents don't only pry into your relationships, and the real-life examples below are proof of that. Here are some 'rents who have seriously had it up to here with their kids.

  1. The parents who cancelled Christmas
    Lisa Henderson

    Lisa Henderson and her hubby John cancelled Christmas last year when they weren't satisfied with their three sons' behavior.

    "John and I feel like we are fighting a very hard uphill battle with our kids when it comes to entitlement," Lisa wrote on her blog. "Our kids have been acting so ungrateful lately. ... They expect so much even when their behavior is disrespectful. We gave them good warning, either it was time for their behavior to change or there would be consequences. "

    The consequence was, of course, cancelling the jolliest day of the year. But the couple didn't make this drastic decision just to punish their kids in the cruelest way possible -- they did it to teach them an important lesson. The Hendersons ended up spending their holiday season working on service projects and teaching their kids how to give back to others in their community. Maybe one day their kids will thank them for this.

  2. The mom who sign-shamed her daughter for twerking

    In 2013 a California mother made her 11-year-old daughter stand at a busy intersection with a sign reading, "I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at my school dance." Maybe next time she'll stick to the Macarena.

  3. The mom who felt a little too nostalgic for her college days
    Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Thanks but no thanks.

  4. The dad who recruited an entire town for backup
    Kevin / Facebook

    One dad who was sick of his kid skipping school decided to go a little more public with his discipline -- by posting this flyer around town and on Facebook.

    "I decided it was time to do some hardcore, old-school parenting, and snap [my son] back on the right track ... I’m not going to have a 12-year-old dictating how things are run in the house,”

    Kevin, the father who chose to keep his last name private, told the Sun.

  5. The dad who internet-shamed his daughter for lying about her age
    Kevin Jones / Facebook

    After Kevin Jones found out his daughter Janiya was lying about her age -- the 5'9'' 10-year-old apparently told people she was 18 -- he decided to make her age a little bit more obvious to passersby.

  6. The mom who wouldn't let her kid break apart his LEGOs
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  7. The parents who moved to college with their daughter
    Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post via Getty Images

    19-year-old Fallon Osterberg -- a sophomore in college -- is roomies with her 'rents. She spent her freshman year on her own, but her parents moved out to join her in Portland, Oregon, from their hometown of Denver, Colorado.

    "I still feel like I’m really independent," Fallon told "Fox And Friends." "I can get around. I still go to college, I still am on campus meeting new people and making friends and having college experiences. I just happen to live at home, too."

  8. The dad who shot his daughter's laptop after she posted a status complaining about her chores

    This girl is probably still grounded for her antics.

  9. The mom who took over her daughter's Facebook
    Denise Abbott / Facebook

    Denise Abbott was sick of her daughter Ava "mouthing off" on Facebook, so decided to give Ava's profile quite the makeover.

    "You have to adapt your parenting skills with the times," Denise told NBC.

  10. The parent who just wanted their kid to have friends
    Evelyn Hockstein / The Washington Post via Getty Images


  11. The mom who called C-SPAN to scold her sons

    Brothers Brad and Dallas Woodhouse were debating their opposing political views on C-SPAN one day when they got an unexpected on-air call from their mother. She was sick of their bickering and warned them to get all the fighting out of their system before coming home for Christmas. Oy vey.