A mother’s brilliant response to her daughter’s “ungrateful” actions has gone viral and sparked a debate surrounding punishments for children.
Haley, a hardworking mom from the US, was praised on the internet after sharing a story involving her young daughter, Presleigh, and some ‘tough love’ parenting approach.
As the young mom in question revealed, she bought a brand-new pencil case for her daughter as a surprise. Rather than getting excited or happy about the present, however, the child simply “stared at it and threw it in the trash and slammed the bedroom door.”
While the mother admitted she was unimpressed by her daughter’s attitude, to say the least, she decided to take the opportunity as a teaching moment.
“She yelled, ‘That’s stupid, everyone in my class has that… I don’t want it anymore!’ I thought I had always taught her to be grateful and know how lucky she was but apparently sis needed a small wake-up call!! SO before completely going Madea mad on my child I check myself and say, ‘Okay that’s fine, let me go get the one you’re going to use,’” the mom recalled in her viral Facebook post.
She went on to say that she came back to her daughter’s room with a simple, transparent ziplock bag and told her she would now have to use that bag at school because she threw the other one away.
“She lost her mind! Suddenly the LOL Box she just trashed was good enough and the ziploc bag was horrible… but it’s too late for all that,” Haley added.
“I told her to get the LOL out of the trash and we would be finding a child to give it to tomorrow – one whose mummy and daddy don’t have money for any school supplies or someone who may not even have a mummy or daddy.”
Haley then also made it clear to her daughter that she wasn’t entitled to anything special and that she should be grateful for everything that she had.
She also insisted she would give the new bag she bought for her daughter away to someone who needs it more. And while Presleigh may not like this, she will now have to go to school with the ziplock bag.
“Maybe I over-react sometimes but I would’ve done anything to have all the things she does as a child. I truly believe changing your perception and just being grateful can turn around any situation in life,” the mom concluded.
Her story quickly went viral on Facebook where many fellow parents praised Haley for standing up to her child’s attitude and teaching her a very important life lesson.
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