When it comes to parenting, there are thousands upon thousands of opinions, methods and schools of thoughts about how to make those little ones grow up to be respectable human beings. And more often than not, one parent’s life lessons are another parent’s criticism.
That’s something 16 and Pregnant mom Nikkole Paulun is experiencing today, following a post she shared on Facebook involving her six-year-old son. In it, the mom explained how once a month her son takes her out for a dinner date without cell phones or tablets, and he treats her with the money he earned doing chores and other household activities. According to Paulun, it’s a lesson in respecting women and paying attention to them at dinner, rather than being distracted by technology and other devices.
While there’s no denying that the mother-son time is actually really sweet, and teaching a young boy to respect women is something that’s hard to argue with, the fact that Nikkole’s son is spending his own money on his mom has led to some angry remarks in the comments section. (Although, when aren’t there angry remarks in the comments section?)
There are some who clearly disagree with the concept, and think that the teen mom should be helping her son use that money towards something else, like opening a bank account. Others have jumped to her defense, pointing out that she’s the one giving him extra money for the occasion in the first place, and it’s kind of sweet that she’s letting him think he’s paying.
We mean really, what six-year-old makes enough money doing chores to take someone out for dinner once a month?
Of course then there are other comments, like why does the mom have to impose a heterosexual relationship on her son, and shouldn’t he be taught how to be generous in other ways. And what about learning to budget?
The lesson learned here? When it comes to parenting, you’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t. At least in the eyes of Facebook commentators.