Mom Writes Thank-You Note to Cops Who Arrested Her Daughter

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In an ideal world, children would take their parents' advice without asking a ton of questions or feeling the need to learn the "hard way." But, if we're being honest, we likely all experienced times of defiance growing up. As a parent, I don't find it hard to understand why this unnamed Florida mom wrote a thank-you note to officers who arrested her daughter for underage drinking ... because I might've done the exact same thing.

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I know the idea of a parent celebrating the fact that cops arrested her child sounds a bit off, but when you look at the bigger picture -- including the fact that this mom's daughter had a personal "The More You Know" moment with people concerned about her well-being -- it does make sense.

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Walton County sheriff Michael Adkinson shared the mom's letter on his Facebook page, and it continues to be praised by many. As the mom points out in her letter, her daughter was caught holding a beer can while enjoying time on the beach with friends during spring break.

"She got arrested for underage drinking," the mom writes in her open letter. "A stupid move that I warned her about before she left, but I'm just her mother, so 'in one ear and out the other.'"

Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson shares letter from mom thanking police for arresting daughter.
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Seeing "in one ear and out the other" makes me think about how hardheaded I was at times when I was growing up. It makes me empathize with this mom -- and think about all of the "how does it feel?" chats with my parents will have with me once my own boys get older. (Yeah ... not looking forward to that.)

What's great about this story, however, is how such a bad -- and potentially dangerous -- situation (who knows what would've happened if the police didn't intervene) had a bright moment that, hopefully, will be a lesson this adolescent girl will never forget.

"The arrest scared the HELL out of her and I'm hoping she learned her lesson," the mom writes. She continues:

The reason that I am sending this is that every officer that I talked to or that I could hear in the background talking to her was so nice! Firm, but nice. I'm sure each one was rolling their eyes when my daughter said 'Can you talk to my mom?', but each and every officer was respectful and assured me she would get back to her house safely.

For a mom hundreds of miles away, that was very reassuring. I know you all have to deal with this on a daily basis, which must be completely annoying and I'm very sorry my daughter added to your workload yesterday. They say you always have one child that makes you go grey early and she is mine! Thank you for saving me a few more grey hairs last night.

Amen, Mom!

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I can only hope that my children take heed of the lessons their father and I try to teach them. And if that means they need to get arrested because they broke the law, I truly hope they can learn from their experiences to make better choices.

As a police officer, my dad put the fear of God in me about how my actions have consequences -- a lesson that has kept me out of potentially dangerous situations to this day -- and I hope to pass that knowledge along to my children.

But, should something like this happen, where either of my boys gets arrested for underage drinking, yeah, you can bet your last dollar I'm writing a thank-you note to the officers who try to talk some sense into them.

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