Mum’s ‘lesson’ in tidying for her 5-year-old divides TikTok

Sinead Butler
Monday 19 April 2021 18:21
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Tiktoker tabathamarie decided to teach her child a ‘lesson’ in tidying, though it has divided opinions on the platform.

(TikTok/tabathamarie)

A mother who decided to teach her child a “lesson” in tidying by putting their toys into trash bags and filmed it as a TikTok, has divided many people on the platform.

Tabatha Marie, shared how her five-year-old son wouldn’t clean his room despite his mother asking him for two days. It was when her son said that she should tidy his room for him, Tabatha decided to teach her son a harsh lesson.

“OK,” she said. “I will do that. Gladly.”

What the room looked like before the TikToker put her children’s toys in trash bags.

(TikTok/tabathamarie)

The TikToker then proceeded to film herself dumping all of her son’s toys into trash bags with the caption, “Trash here we come.”

At the end of the video, his room is absolutely spotless and empty with nothing left for her son to play with.

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In the video caption she said: “I 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.”

In the clip of the tidy room she explains why decided to teach her son this harsh lesson:

“Momma is not raising no disrespectful men. It is not a “mommies” job or a “women’s” job to do anything. You make the mess, clean it up. You see momma struggling, help her. Don’t sit there and let a woman struggle periodt. My babies will learn this quickly.”

The TikToker shows what the room looks like after she dumped her children’s toys into trash bags and she explains why she decided to do this.

(TikTok/tabathamarie)

This video which has over 3.4 million views, 600,000 likes and 23,000 comments has divided people on TikTok.

Some believe that the “lesson” was too harsh for the child:

One person commented: “You need to teach him not tell him. Show him how to clean. Not tell him to clean.”

“Boys don’t tend to ‘clean’ completely on their own till age eight. So parents or siblings should help or have them do small areas,” another person wrote.

A third person replied: “Judging by the toys, he’s too young for that entire responsibility. If you want it clean start by helping him and then work up to him doing it alone.”

But others praised and defended Tabatha for teaching her child a lesson:

“Good job mom! People that don’t agree, also have the kids that don’t respect anyone, including their parents,” one person wrote.

Another person said: “Love it!!!! You clean how I clean!! Way to go mom.”

“Yes ma’am 👏🏻 👏🏻 just did the same thing to my six & 11 year old boys! One didn’t want to clean his room & the other kept getting in trouble at,” a third person commented.

Tabatha replied in the comments: “They’re [the toys] in the basement. He gets his train back tomorrow.”

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