studentBy Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
How far would you go to help your child get ahead? One Texas mom's answer: A pink rotating billboard advertising her daughter for prom queen. The teen, Brandy Day, reported feeling shocked and a little amused that her mom actually went and did it but her mom remains unapologetic saying, "Families feel like it's a little too much or over the top for one night, but then again, it only happens one time in your child's life."
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My first thought reading this story was that given how teens just love being told what to do that the billboard would likely hurt the poor girl more than help her. My second thought was that lots of things only happen one time in your child's life and that doesn't necessarily mean they warrant a billboard. But of course what Mrs. Day meant was that this only happens once in her life. Her daughter still has a whole lot of life ahead of her but I'm wondering if the over-the-top election bid was more of her mom living out her own dream than trying to help her daughter fulfill hers.
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But I may be biased because I tend to be a fairly chill parent. Some may see it as laziness (and perhaps it is?) but while I adore my kids more than chocolate-covered jelly beans I'd rather they learn to do things their way, on their own terms. When my son ran for student council I cheered him on from the sidelines and celebrated with him when he won but his campaign was 100% his own doing-as evidenced by his slogan "Vote for me! I'm awesome!" (It was 4th grade, after all.)
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On one hand, a parent's love for their child knows no bounds and if you have the means to help them out why not buy a billboard? But on the other hand, a billboard? Really?
What do you think about this prom queen drama? What have you done to help your child get ahead?
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