It’s a problem all parents have faced, with the possible exception of my in-laws as their daughter (my wife) was preternaturally good at doing her schoolwork, sooner or later your kid comes home with a bad grade.
Now if you’re a good parent you try to find some way to motivate your kid to do better. If there’s something in their life that seems to be getting in the way of their schoolwork then you might limit access to it or deny it until things improve. What you don’t do is somthing like this:
WARM SRPINGS, Ga. — Police have arrested a Georgia woman who they say forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for earning a bad grade.
Meriwether County sheriff Steve Whitlock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday night that the 12-year-old boy told his teacher about the killing. The teacher reported it to the Division of Family and Child Services, who contacted police.
The pet’s death allegedly took place at the family’s Warm Springs home.
Whitlock said 38-year-old Lynn Middlebrooks Geter faces one charge each of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery.
Yeah, you’re probably never going to get a “World’s Greatest Mom” mug with that approach. Mental trauma really isn’t a great motivator to do well in school.