​Mom Sells Katy Perry Tickets to Teach Spoiled Daughter a Lesson

katy perry in concertEvery parent has a different way of going about disciplining their kids, but for some, grounding or taking away something near and dear to your misbehaving child's heart makes perfect sense. A mother from Fargo, North Dakota, named Cindy Bjerke is making headlines this week for unapologetically subscribing to that notion. As a punishment for her daughter's disrespectful behavior, the mom put her teen's Katy Perry concert tickets up for sale on the Fargo/Moorhead Online Garage Sale Facebook page. The post, which has since been deleted, read, "Spoiled brat daughter doesn't deserve these tickets."

Though Bjerke had many supporters "like" her post, others criticized the mom, saying that the punishment of her daughter should remain private. As Bjerke told the local news, "It doesn't matter what side you're on, you're always wrong to somebody." And what she was trying to do doesn't seem all that wrong at all. It's actually just something that parents do every day.

Okay, maybe not always by calling their kid out in a public forum, but Bjerke didn't refer to her daughter by name. But the bottom-line is that she took away something that her daughter had been given as a privilege. Concert tickets are something parents should feel free to take away from their teens in a heart beat. It's far from a necessity. Just like being able to watch TV or go out to the movies, going to see a concert is never a kid's right. It's a bonus, a treat, the upshot of being a good kid. 

By taking something like these tickets away, you can send the message that your kid can't have her cake (misbehavior) and eat it too (get to go have fun and enjoy something reserved for kids who exhibit good behavior). You send the message that there are negative consequences to acting out of line, being disrespectful, acting spoiled and ungrateful. Whether it makes them BFFs with their moms or not, those are still tough lessons teens need to learn.

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That said, critics of Bjerke may want to think twice before digging into her parenting. Perhaps airing the punishment in public wouldn't be how some moms would handle the situation, sure. But this mom didn't do anything out of line. She was only disciplining her kid in the best way she saw fit.

What do you think about what this mom did?


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Elaine Cox

I wouldnt have put it in public but god bless her

kayba... kaybayblee3

I would have just posted it as, "daughter grounded, here some tickets for sale" or something like that, but kudos to her for punishing her kid for.

adamat34 adamat34

Good for her kids need to know how to act now days. Sadly many don't.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

The kid got what she deserved. Good for her mom for sticking to her punishment. So many parents are more worried about being friends with their kids then parents to their kids.


Good for her! Too many parents reward bad behavior or just don't discipline at all, then wonder why the kids treat them like crap.

nonmember avatar MV1997

I think that as long as the girl did not pay for the tickets herself, or were not a gift from someone besides the parents, that the mom had every right to do it. If the daughter paid for the tickets herself, it is basically saying that anyone can take away something you worked for, and if it were a gift, that is just disrespectful to the giver

nonmember avatar Sarah

If she posted shaming pictures or a video or something, that's one thing. Like the parents who make their children wear sandwich boards or get all theatrical with their punishments. That's kind of pushing it in my opinion. But just saying she's selling the tickets because her daughter needs to learn a lesson is fine by me. Plus, now other parents can point that listing out for their kids- "See? See what this mom did? DO NOT think I won't do that if I have to." She's doing a punishment she would do anyway, and she's not drawing too much negative, shaming attention to her daughter.

Miche... Michelephant

The punishment is fine. The unnecessary title of the post rubs me the wrong way. No one needs to know why you're selling the tickets (it seems very attention seeking to post something like that) just sell them and teach your kid the lesson.

nonmember avatar Karen

I love this punishment. More teenagers are becoming stupid because their parents refuse to do anything. The parents still need to try even if its an extreme punishment. No phones is a fun one for teens. But no event is even better. :)

Victoria Bardsley

All I have to say is go mom! If the daughter was being disrespectful, then she doesn't deserve to go to the concert.

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