A mom has sparked a debate after revealing she pulled her young daughter out of school so that the girl could focus on her career as a social media influencer.
Kat Clark, 37, is an influencer from Queensland, Australia, who boasts 5.2 million followers on TikTok and the title of the Creator of the Year for 2022.
Kat is also a proud mother of two girls including Latisha, 20, and Deja, 12.
And while Latisha finished high school and enrolled in a law school immediately, she later dropped out because it wasn’t her passion and she wanted to pursue her career in podcasting instead.
Now that Deja has found herself in her older sister’s shoes, her mother wants to make sure she doesn’t pressure her into traditional schooling but instead encourages her to work on what the girl loves more.
“Traditional schooling worked [for Deja] in primary school because I had a corporate job. Since coming into this new career, there is a lot of traveling involved. I’m often flying to Sydney,” Kat explained.
“Deja’s even starting to get opportunities as well now, so 9-3, Monday to Friday schooling isn’t working for us because we’ve found that we’ve had to take her out of school quite a bit.”
And so, the mother pulled the 12-year-old out of school and decided to get her home-schooled next year instead. This way, both the mother and the daughter could focus on their respective careers as influencers.
“With Deja, if she wanted to be a doctor or lawyer – we’d encourage her to go after those dreams. But currently those are not what her goals are. We’re willing to work with her whatever happens,” Kat added.
While many people slammed the mom for allowing her daughter to quit school and “potentially ruin her future chances of employment,” plenty of parents also rushed to her aid saying she’s doing what’s best for her daughter.
“I’d 100 percent let my child drop out of school if they had some direction and were mature enough,” one parent admitted.
“As a high school teacher, I think this is absolutely fine! Why force a child to stay on at school if it’s not for them?” a teacher agreed.
A third viewer suggested: “I hated school and my parents were very much against it, made me finish and I got through a semester of uni.”
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