Monday, April 18, 2016

Meanest Mom in the World

Have your heard about the Meanest Mom that has social media all a buzz?  As a mom I love the story she shared on Facebook that tells of how she became the meanest mom ever:



Her post reads:  

So... I am the meanest mom ever... Like... Ever.
Took the kids to Dairy Queen after dinner. They ordered their dessert choices and we waited about 5 minutes for them to call out our number. The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me... So I waited. I counted to 10 in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door. I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can. All 3 launched into mass hysteria. I waited. Quiet. Calm. When they realized I had something to say, they quieted down. 
I explained that one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you. We are too old at 8/7/5 to move through our days without exercising manners and honestly basic human decency. 

So today, I am the meanest mom in the world.

Jaime has some moms like me cheering for joy but she also has some that are firing back at her for how she handled the situation.  I personally think she handled it perfectly, as parents it is our job to teach our children how to function in the world.  Sometimes this is hard, there are days as a parent where I find myself in my room crying because I had to correct my child and it broke my heart as much as it did theirs.  I am sure that is how Jaime felt.  I am positive that she was not thrilled with the fact that she had to throw away her children's ice cream cones, and I am sure it broke her heart the same way it would break mine to hear their tears.  I think she taught her children an important lesson, and one they will not soon forget.  In a society where everyone gets a trophy, and children can do no wrong I find it refreshing that she had the courage to show her kids that they are responsible for their own actions and that their actions have an effect on others.  

It brings to mind Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way that he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it."  So moms (and dads) let's remember this the next time we find ourselves in a situation like Jaime was in and know that it is up to us to teach our children they way that they should go, even if it does mean that we may be the "meanest mom in the world".






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