This mom is on strike! Naasira Muhammad, a North Carolina mother of two, is tired of being disrespected, mistreated and victimized. And the pay stinks too evidently. No, we’re not referring to Muhammad’s employer; we’re talking about her pair of intractable teen girls. Completely crestfallen, this mom is taking her balking, hoo-ha protest to the streets, or at least to the chair out front.
Writes WFMY News out of Greensboro on Jan. 21: “Parents do what they can to provide the best they can for their children. It’s their innate duty and responsibility once the child is born. So what happens when their children grow up and disrespect and misbehave, even keying the family car?”
Muhammad, from Winston-Salem, said she is way beyond conventional methods to deal with her two daughters, whose names and ages were not released. For the past week, she and her “Mom on Strike” sign have been visible on Waughtown Street near her home, eliciting some support, a bunch of honks, and a haul of social media hullabaloo.
“I’m to the point where I’m just so frustrated, so to keep my hands off my kids or to keep me from doing something crazy, I just decided to go on strike,” said Muhammad. “My children have everything that they could possibly want and need, yet still they are disrespectful, they are rude.”
Prior to her Mom on Strike movement ramping up, Muhammad says she tried to discipline and get through to her daughters like everyone else does with their children – talking to them, grounding them, yelling, pleading, etc. At wits end after one of them keyed up her vehicle, she called police. But even a visit from the fuzz didn’t have any effect; police said Muhammad couldn’t prove her daughters were behind the vandalism, and ultimately, the wayward behavior rolled on.
“They think that I am the meanest mom in the world and they think that they can survive without me. So I said, ‘You know what? That’s fine. I’m going on strike.’ I threw my hands up in the air. I prayed about it. I’m through. I’m through. I’m really through. I’m a mom on strike, I don’t care how long it takes,” Muhammad said. “I’m just frustrated. And this is the only solution that I could think of, other than getting rid of my children.”
Adds People.com: “So far, the children’s response to their mother’s strike has been mild. An aunt recently forced the daughters to make signs thanking their mom for her love and support, but the pair have not attempted make amends on their own.” The signs that the girls had to make read: “Thank you mom for providing for me, caring for me, and loving me.”
Comments and Twitter responses on related articles are mixed. A sampling:
She’s a single mother, she cant be there 24/7. I don’t think it has anything to do with poor parenting. Going on strike isn’t such a bad idea. If she stops doing, doing, doing for them, then maybe they will stop taking her for granted.
Some certain people WANT things free – later they WANT MORE things FREE.
Good for this mom! More of us moms should be doing this.
Bad parents create bad children most of the time. She should blame herself.
U should’ve been whopping and discipline your kids a long time ago. Now u can’t do nothing with them
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