After learning about her son's suspension from school, a mother thought of a surprisingly different way to teach him a lesson. Interestingly enough, her unique approach was also appreciated by her neighboring community.
We all make mistakes, but instead of carrying the guilt and pain of bygone times, it's better to learn from our past experiences and evolve into the best possible version of ourselves.
When kids do something wrong, their elders might resort to various retribution techniques to help them rectify themselves. However, one woman made headlines for her reportedly creative way of making her child make up for his shortcoming.
Amaurryon Johnson and Nyia Williams. | Source: youtube.com/FOX40 News
TEACHING HER CHILD A LESSON
Nyia Williams from San Joaquin County, Stockton, California, was a mother of four children. In 2019, she found out that her middle son, Amaurryon Johnson, had brought trouble upon himself in school.
It turned out that the then-tenth-grader received a suspension from his school for five days. Williams was taken aback by the startling piece of news and decided to teach her boy a valuable lesson. She recalled:
"I just thought of something, you know what can I do for my son as a punishment."
Nyia Williams. | Source: youtube.com/FOX40 News
A UNIQUE APPROACH TO PUNISHMENT
The Stockton mom said she opposed the typical punishment techniques and wanted to do something different. She told FOX40:
"My yard is already done, he's done the yard perfect all summer since the first time he’s got suspended."
So, rather than grounding him by taking away his laptop or cell phone, Williams put up an advertisement on Facebook, offering her son's lawn mowing services — free-of-cost to people in need.
Johnson pictured mowing the lawn. | Source: youtube.com/FOX40 News
AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
Much to the San Joaquin County resident's astonishment, dozens of people responded to her social media post. Williams was delighted by the overwhelming response of her neighboring community.
The teenager said he would continue to mow lawns even after his suspension to earn extra money.
Amaurryon Johnson. | Source: youtube.com/FOX40 News
Williams's neighbor, Stephanie Cruz, appreciated her "awesome" and innovative idea. She also added:
"I just thought we can help and save a couple of hours to help her teach her son what she wanted to do."
Johnson pictured while handling the lawn mower. | Source: youtube.com/FOX40 News
SHARING HIS THOUGHTS
Soon afterward, Johnson got down to work, mowing one lawn at a time. When asked how he felt about his mom's unique approach to punishment, the boy expressed:
"I really appreciate this from [my mother], I don't really know what to say. After doing one or two I started liking it."
A VALUABLE LESSON
Williams said she hoped the lesson in hard work and responsibility would keep her boy out of trouble in the future and also teach him the importance of giving back. Sharing his final thoughts on his unique retribution method, Johnson stated:
"I felt like I took from the community so it's good to give back to the community."
The teenager said he would continue to mow lawns even after his suspension to earn extra money. What are your thoughts after reading this story? Do you think Williams chose the appropriate punishment method for her son? Please share this story with your loved ones.