Sunday, November 20, 2005

Will work for food

From USA Today:
Tasha Henderson got tired of her 14-year-old daughter's poor grades, her chronic lateness to class and her talking back to her teachers, so she decided to teach the girl a lesson.

She made Coretha stand at a busy Oklahoma City intersection Nov. 4 with a cardboard sign that read: "I don't do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food."
The mom is getting some backlash and people are calling her abusive. Tasha's approach seems very mild to me and apparently it has worked. Coretha's grades and punctuality have improved.

I don't have a problem with this. It's not as if the girl was abandoned on a highway -- her mom was right there with her. It certainly seems better than smacking her around.

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9 comments:

Pearl said...

Yes, I thought it was tough love myself and it seemed from reports to be effective. But I related the story a group and 2 people thought mom should be arrested and one teared up about the poor abused girl. People have such amazingly different takes on things.

Michele sent me.

utenzi said...

I agree with you, Michelle.

Queen Imadorka said...

I think it is great ...Sometimes embarassing a child will do wonders in getting them to straighten up their act.
I don't see what is so abusive about what she did.Hey it worked.She may be on to something.

Here via Michele :)

Dak-Ind said...

michele sent me, sort of. i think this is awesome! shes not being abusive, she is trying to teach her daughter. some kids are harder to reach than others and need extreme methods. i applaud this mother for not giving up on her daughter and trying any way she could to reach her. if mmore moms and dads were this concerned the world would be a better place!

David said...

mom is right on this one ... via michele

JamaicanQueen said...

I read this story the other day. I think the mother was on point. The same people who are complaining about her methods are the ones who have no damn control over their own kids. Now had she beat her ass with a wire hanger then yes, I would say mommy went over board but all she did was make her wear a sign. She used the same tactic I use on my son, "I'll embarass you before you embarass me!"

Luke Cage said...

Tuff love. Parents are handicapped and are losing the war on getting the message through to their kids. Drastic times call for drastic measures. Bet those grades will never be bad again...

Michelle Pessoa said...

I think this mom's approach makes sense. The embarrassment will probably last longer than nagging or physical punishment would have anyway.

Shannon said...

Abusive? No way. The mom is applying real-life consequences and sending a very clear message: Life is not a free ride.