When it comes to parenting, there is no one “right” way. While everyone usually picks and chooses how they implement their methods, each child is different and responds in new and curious ways. So what happens when a child doesn’t act like they should? Many agree that some form of discipline should occur, but agreeing on what form it should take? Impossible. One mom witnessed her kids do something that she had never expected them to do…and she took immediate action that left many people stunned.
So… I am the meanest mom ever… Like… Ever.
Took the kids to Dairy Queen after dinner. They ordered their dessert choices and we waited about 5 minutes for them to call out our number. The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me… So I waited.
I counted to 10 in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door. I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can.
All 3 launched into mass hysteria. I waited. Quiet. Calm. When they realized I had something to say, they quieted down.
I explained that one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you. We are too old at 8/7/5 to move through our days without exercising manners and honestly basic human decency.
So today, I am the meanest mom in the world.”
The majority of parents agree with what she’s done. The kids have now learned an important lesson that they will never forget. They will always say “thank you.” They will always notice the person behind the uniform. They will be grateful when something is given to them. It’s effective, it reinforces the lessons she taught them in the past, and they won’t make that mistake again – all without violence.
The minority think that she should have simply reminded them to thank the worker because “children do what they see”…but we don’t know enough to make that judgment. What if this mom always has to remind her kids? After 8 years, the oldest should at least have learned by then, right? Regardless of what she should have done, this is what she did. But it’s important to remember that she did it out of love.
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