When a woman in Utah was informed by her 10-year-old stepdaughter Kaylee's teacher that Kaylee had been bullying a classmate so badly that the girl no longer wanted to come to school, the woman, Ally (who doesn't reveal her last name), did the unthinkable. She didn't tell the teacher that her precious snowflake couldn't possibly be a bully. She didn't sue the school. And she didn't go to the press to complain about how her daughter is falsely being accused. Instead, she believed the teacher and decided to teach her stepdaughter a lesson. Because Kaylee had been, according to the teacher, making fun of another girl's clothes and calling her a "slob" and a "sleaze," Ally marched straight down ... to the local thrift store.
At the thrift store, Ally picked out $50 worth of clothes that she knew Kaylee would never wear, and the next morning, Kaylee woke up to find her unflattering duds hanging on the bathroom door for her to wear to school. Ally told her this would be her outfit for the day. How ingenious is this?! "She really needed to feel how this felt to know that this was wrong," says Ally.
Kaylee says when she first looked at the clothes, she "died."
Kaylee had to wear thrift store clothes for two days and she says in that time, she herself became the victim of bullying.
Although an expert says that this kind of payback lesson will only make a kid "angry," that's not what happened with Kaylee, who has a "mother-daughter" relationship with Ally, whose father has custody of her.
She says she understands what Ally was trying to teach her. About bullying, she now says, "It's stupid and it's mean."
"I think now that she knows what it feels like," says Ally.
I'm not so sure that two days in bad clothing will erase the bully from this girl's system, but it's a start. And let's all applaud Ally for being willing to believe that her stepdaughter wasn't perfect and might actually be bullying someone. Too many parents are in denial about how mean kids can be -- and sometimes those kids ARE their own!
I really wish there were more moms like Ally. Kaylee is very lucky to have her -- as are her classmates!
Do you think Ally did the right thing?
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