Imagine you're at the screening of Cinderella with your tween, and you know it's one of the last times you'll do this for a while since your husband was just laid off, then a couple of teen sisters ruin the show by giggling and kicking your seat throughout. You politely ask them to stop, and even confront them afterward, and they ignore you. So far, so commonplace. Except what happened next to Rebecca Boyd and her 12 year-old daughter Ashley wasn't all that common.
When word got back to the sisters' mom (from their brother), their mom, Kyesha Smith Wood, took to social media to track down Boyd. The rest is viral history.
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The teens' mother posted a Facebook appeal to find and publicly apologize for her own kids' “rude and obnoxious” behaviour.
“This is a long shot, but I’m looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm,” wrote Wood.
“If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect.”
Facebook being Facebook, the post caught on and was shared some 47,000 times. It didn't take long for it to reach Boyd, who was pleasantly surprised. She had chalked up the incident to kids being kids.
“They are not bad kids. They just made bad choices,” said Boyd.
Too often a parent confronted about their child's behaviour will react defensively and even lash out at the other parent.
We talk about it taking a village to raise kids, but few of us are willing to listen to or accept support from other parents when it comes to setting our own kids straight.
Wood is a refreshing example of a mom holding her kids accountable for their actions. The reaction by the public is testament to her positive parenting.