There’s a saying that goes “We’re not raising children. We’re raising adults.” So when Tabatha Marie’s child refused to clean up his room, she decided to teach him a lesson. Tabatha trashed his toys.
The mom posted a TikTok, explaining her reasoning behind the decision, and said she is not raising a disrespectful man—it is not mommy’s or woman’s job; if you make a mess, you have to clean it.
Some parents, however, thought Tabatha’s punishment was too harsh. They started commenting their thoughts under her video, sparking a heated debate on teaching children responsibility.
Tabatha Marie asked her son to clean up his room
But he refused
So she decided to teach the boy a lesson
And trashed his toys
She explained the reasoning behind her decision in a TikTok
@tabathamarieI hated seeing the look on his face when he seen his room. It hurt me just as much but my babies will not be disrespectful #parenting #fyp #foryoupage♬ original sound – Tabatha Marie
However, many people had concerns about this parenting tactic
But Tabatha doubled down, responding to the negative comments with more videos
She said the comments didn’t affect her
@tabathamarieYour response to cleaning my sons room out #fyp #foryoupage♬ original sound – Tabatha Marie
Just like her decision to take away the toys didn’t affect the bond she has with her son
@tabathamarieStrong, independent, respectful little man #fyp #foryoupage♬ original sound – Tabatha Marie
Tabatha provided more information on the situation
@tabathamariePart 556/982727782938 last video on my child cleaning his room #fyp #foryoupage♬ original sound – Tabatha Marie
And reaffirmed that she and her son are still best friends
@tabathamarieThank you for your opinion KAREN #fyp #foryoupage♬ original sound – Tabatha Marie
Eventually, some parents got the message