Funny, the first time my Mom and I went to church together, the sermon that day was titled...The Meanest Mom in the world. We laughed at how it was appropriate that we had chosen that day to attend! But it was all about how the Mom was the meanest person ever...because she demanded and expected her kid to follow the rules, even when his friends weren't, to do whats right even when others were not, who had house rules that were expected to be followed and if not...well then you were punished. ( see? oh so mean huh?? hahahaha)
But this has been floating around FB and online for a few days...and I have to say....I love this Mean Mom!!!
If you haven't heard, the Mean Mom put an ad in the paper selling her sons truck because he chose to drink and drive...and thats agains the rules.
Awesome isn't it???
The interesting thing is that....many parents are totally in support of this ( as they should be) because its part of parenting. Its part of REALLY wanting to teach our kids that life is serious sometimes...and that when you break rules - and laws - that you will indeed have consequences to deal with.
This is coming around at a time when many parents are choosing instead to parent by the "friend" method. Wanting to be their kids best friend...hang out...be cool with them. Something that this Mean Mom is obviously not doing.
But.....the friend parent doesn't always get the chance to be the friend...and the parent....doesn't get to teach that hey, you mess up and things will happen...bad things. ( Trust me...I can not tell you how many times Rissa has heard the Make bad choices...bad things happen...Make good choices, good things happen line. I might just have it made into a pillow for her bed!! )
But parents are rallying behind this Mean Mom for doing the right thing. Supporting her. And knowing too that more then likely her boy won't ever do that again. After he gets another truck of course!
And by being a Mean Mom....you DO eventually get to be your kids friend too. When they grow up healthy and happy and can look back and see that you were doing your job as a Mean Mom to teach them how to live their life the right way. Not the perfect way...but to make a good life.
And I know. Because I too had A Mean Mom growing up.
And Thank you!!!!