Jen Hatmaker is a writer and mom of five who lives in Austin, TX. She loves her family like nothing else, but that doesn't stop her from sounding off about her kids when they tick her off. And when one of her sons said he wanted to be treated like an adult (but without the responsibility, natch), she got steaming mad. But then she picked up some pointers from her mom group.
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One of her besties confided that her 11-year-old also wanted to be a grown-up and so she and her husband granted his request. They pulled the boy out of camp for a week because camp is for kids (like his sibs) and sent him to work with his dad. Before leaving for his "job," the tween had to shower, make breakfast, kiss his siblings goodbye and tell them to have a great day. Then he had to do a typing project. The best? He could only eat when his dad did, because grownups snack less than kids.
As Hatmaker writes: "I cannot tell you how much this story brought me joy. There is definitely a time in parenting to respond with grace and second-chances and tenderness. And sometimes there is a time to CALL YOUR KID'S BLUFF and send him to an office job for 40 hours a week instead of camp. RESPECT."
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You can read the rest of the story on her Facebook page. Read the comments, too--they're priceless!
via For Every Mom