Parents often struggle with how to effectively punish their children when they get in trouble at school. Do they take their electronics away, or ground them, or simply assign them chores to do around the house? There are many different ways that parents punish their children, but one Stockton, California mom decided that when her son was suspended from school for five days his punishment was going to not only teach him a lesson but to help other people as well.
Nyia Williams explained to Fox 40 that after her 10th-grade son Amaurryon Johnson was suspended from school she struggled with what an appropriate punishment could be. “I just thought of something, you know what can I do for my son as a punishment?" Williams said. It was then that she decided that her son would help other people during his five days suspended from school.
“My yard is already done, he’s done the yard perfect all summer since the first time he’s got suspended,” she said. “So I said, you know what? We’re going to go outside of our house and start helping other people.” So she decided that since Amaurryon was so good at cutting his own grass, she would put a post on Facebook offering up his services — for free — to anyone in need. She told the news station that she was shocked after she received dozens of responses.
A San Joaquin County mother is taking a different approach to punishment after her son was suspended from school. https://t.co/4TbZ9RcMMd— FOX40 News (@FOX40) September 8, 2019
“I just thought it was such an awesome thing that she was doing," neighbor Stephanie Cruz said. "I just thought we can help and save a couple of hours to help her teach her son what she wanted to do.”
Even Amaurryon seemed happy with his punishment. “I really appreciate this from her, I don’t really know what to say," Amaurryon told the news channel. "After doing one or two I started liking it.”
Williams said she wanted to teach her son the value of giving back to his community and hopes that he’ll stay out of trouble in the future. “At the end of the day I still felt great about teaching the lesson to my son,” she said of volunteering her son’s lawn cutting services. Amaurryon added that “since I took away from the community, it felt good to give back.”
Williams didn’t comment on what caused Amaurryon’s suspension but hopefully, by teaching her son the value of hard work and giving back to the community it will help him stay out of trouble in the future. Amaurryon has even said that once his suspension is over he’ll look to continue to mow lawns to earn some extra money.