​Mom Goes on Strike & Leaves Her Kids to Fend for Themselves (VIDEO)

Admit it: how many times have you said, "I'm done, I'm through—I'm going on strike!" No, not from your job—everything's peachy keen there. From your kids. Those cute little people you live with who seem to forget their manners every time you're in the room, but who are perfect angels everywhere else they go. One mom in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is our hero today because she's actually doing it. She's on strike from parenting because, she says, her two teenage daughters are out of control.

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Naasira Muhammad made a sign that reads "Mom On Strike" and is marching up and down her street in order to show her teens that they do not rule the roost.

So, what was the straw that broke the camel's back for her? One of her daughters apparently keyed the car, which would have made me crazy, too. She says going on strike was pretty much the only solution she could think of other than—get ready for it—"getting rid of" her children.

You will not hear me pass judgment on this mom anytime soon because, lord knows, I've felt the same way at times. Whenever my 3-year-old decides the ideal time to flex her independent muscle is when I'm trying to pay for groceries at the store and she refuses to fork over the crackers and has a fit about it in public? Visions of strike signs dance through my head.

Or when my darling girl tells me she can't play with her $100 collection of Disney princesses because it's really unfair that she is missing Ariel (stupid mommy), oh boy, I'd like to call a strike on the purchasing of all future gifts.

There are other examples. She puts in her breakfast order with me at 6 p.m. the night before and requests fresh strawberries because the frozen ones I've given her are "yucky." Strike plus lesson about the prices of imported fruit at this time of the year seem like a solid solution.

Since she's only 3, I don't have a keying-the-car-type story. Yet. I also can't actually go on an actual strike since my daughter and her 10-month-old brother need me to do nearly everything for them, not that my toddler will ever admit this.

So, sometimes I go on mental strikes instead. Here's how it works: my daughter pops out of her room 16 times when she's supposed to be sleeping, I refuse to engage in conversation and say in an even voice, "Back to bed." And that's about as far as my strike goes. Does she get what I'm trying to do? No, there isn't a snowball's chance in hell she gets it, but at least I feel like I'm taking a (passive, silent) stand.

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The gloves will come off once they're teens though. If they decide they aren't going to follow rules and be respectful, I can see myself throwing my hands up and saying, I'm done. Or maybe not I'm done, which I can't help but imagine would give my children a valid excuse to stay out all hours of the night and act like maniacs, but at the very least: I call a time-out.

This mom seems like she genuinely cares for her children, but is simply at her wits' end. I hope her daughters learn to appreciate the one mom they have and begin treating her with the respect she deserves.

Here she is:

What are your thoughts on this mother's parenting strike? Do you think it will work?

 

Image via WFMY News 2

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