One mom in North Carolina has decided to go on strike from parenting, walking up and down the sidewalk in front of her house and holding a sign that reads “Mom on Strike.”
The singular labor action came to fruition after single mother Naasira Muhammad decided her two teenage daughters’ behavior was “out of control” after one of the girls keyed the mother’s brand new minivan at their home in Winston-Salem.
“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,” Muhammad told WFMY. “I walk up and down the sidewalk until my knees hurt, and then I sit down.”
Muhammad admitted that she had called the police after the incident, but they said without an eyewitness there was nothing they could do, reports Nick Dutton for WTVR.
“My children have everything that they could possibly want and need, but yet still, they are disrespectful,” Muhammad told WFMY. “They are rude. They think that I’m the meanest mom in the world. They think they can survive without me, so I said, you know what? That’s fine. This mom is going on strike.”
It is unknown whether or not the family has smoothed tensions. A visit to the family home by ABC News found no one to be home, although the “Mom on Strike” sign and chair were found on the porch.
Muhammad has been on strike for over a week now, claiming punishments like time-outs and lectures do not work on her children. She said the rude behavior has been going on for years, with her daughters disrespecting her and never saying thank you for all she does for them. She has no plans to stop her strike.
“I threw my hands up in the air,” Muhammad said. “I prayed about it. I’m through. I’m a mom on strike, and I don’t care how long it takes.”
Her daughters were also seen carrying signs on the sidewalk after their aunt made them make apology signs, one of which read, “Thank you mom for providing for me, caring for me, and loving me.” However, they have not made any attempt to apologize on their own.
According to Dr. Nannette Funderburk, a Psychotherapist at the Social and Emotional Learning Group in Greensboro, many parents need a support system to help them, which can come in the form of a support group, therapist, or church group, among other options, writes Sophie Jane Evans for The Daily Mail.
‘This mom is definitely sending a message,’ said Dr Funderburk. ‘You need someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of because kids don’t come with a manual.’