20 November 2005
My newest hero

I read this today in the Sunday Times (London). Any parent out there should be able to relate to this annoyed, but ingenious, woman.

Strict Mother of the Week
Frustrated mother Tasha Henderson, tired of her daughter's bad exam results, lateness and backchat to teachers, decided on drastic action. She made her 14-year-old stand at a busy junction in Oklahoma City with a cardboard sign that read:
"I don't do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are
perparing me for my future. Will work for food."

I'm saving that one for my arsenal.

posted by Julie at 3:53 PM 20 comments


Blogger Jen said...

It's weird, that's been all over the news here, and people are really divided over her solution. Some say it's brilliant, others call it abusive.

I think that, since she stood there with her the whole time it wasn't abusive. I think every parent knows that it was a million times more embarrassing for the mom than it was for the daughter (I'm sure you agree on that!)

I'm not sure what happened in our society that made trying to raise productive children a bad thing?

Sun Nov 20, 05:48:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Bossy♥'s YOU said...

that is priceless..LOL

I need to get 3 ready..LOL...u have any boxes???

Mon Nov 21, 04:24:00 PM GMT  
Blogger kate said...

yeah, some passer-by called the cops because they considered that "psychological abuse". whatever. i think that embarrassing your teenager may be the best way to get through to them. the girl wasn't hurt, and it's not like she was standing outside in a torrential downpour or anything. obviously her mother felt that something drastic had to be done in order to get the girl to pull her thumb out of her ass. i think it was a brilliant idea.

Mon Nov 21, 11:50:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mommyguilt said...

Fabulous idea! I don't think it was abusive at all. I think that with teens, you have to get their attention sometimes to show them that you really do mean business. I'm sure the daughter will think twice before she blows off another assignment or "forgets" to study for an exam. Way to go MOM!

Tue Nov 22, 04:29:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Sheri said...

wow...I really need to watch the news I hadn't heard about this.

Wonder what's happening to that mom...I am sure society is all over her about it. I say "WAY TO GO MOM!!" It takes a lot of guts to do that.

Tue Nov 22, 07:18:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

unless the child was chained or otherwise immobilised it wasn't abusive. she could have walked off. she could have taken the board off & refused to wear it. but she didn't, she accepted that was her punishment & was probably glad it wasn't worse - mum could have made her wear it to the school prom:-)

Wed Nov 23, 11:32:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous Lisa said...

First time I've heard about it but it certainly doesn't seem abusive to me. Although I don't understand how she got her daughter to actually comply with this. Me, I would have preferred being grounded until I was forty to standing outside looking like a fool.

Sun Nov 27, 04:28:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Might backfire - might make the kid resentful on top of lazy, but still.....

Sun Nov 27, 07:52:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Bossy♥'s YOU said...

r u still alive??

I have a new address...if u click on my name it should take you there:)

Sat Dec 10, 08:53:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mommyguilt said...


Just checking in! We miss you. Hope all is well. Hey, did you know it's warmer in London right now than chicago?

Mon Dec 12, 06:05:00 PM GMT  
Blogger globalfriendshipnetwork said...

thats really bad . kids should not be treated like this

Mon Dec 19, 01:14:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Jen said...

Your blog is back to normal again!

Fri Dec 23, 11:16:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Bossy♥'s YOU said...

where are you?..I hope everything is ok...hope you had a merry chirstmas sweety

Tue Dec 27, 08:09:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I wonder if she got the results she wanted?

Fri Jan 20, 03:49:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Jen said...

The blogosphere misses you...

Sun Feb 12, 08:57:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Lora said...

You've been awlfully quiet for awlfully long. Hope you are well.

Tue Feb 14, 02:48:00 AM GMT  
Blogger A Bottle Of Red said...

That was great...LOLOLOL

Thu Feb 16, 04:25:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Jen said...

Miss you! Shannon and Sheri are asking about you...

Fri Mar 17, 03:07:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Jen said...

Will you be blogging again soon?


Mon Sep 11, 08:49:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Jen said...

Do you realize you just passed your one year NON-bloggiversary? Wouldn't now be a good time to start up again? XOXOXOXOXO

PS-We got Anya and Tiernan's birthday cards, they're very excited about them! You're such a cool auntie :-)

Wed Nov 22, 06:52:00 PM GMT  

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