A Louisiana mom found a creative way to punish her son for getting suspended from school: She put the boy to work for free for others while he was missing classes.

Demetris Payne quickly came up with a punishment for her son rather than letting him get a three-day break from school. She posted this photo on Facebook, offering his services at odd jobs for free.

She wrote, “My son has been suspended for three days from school for discipline,” “He will do your lawn service, he will rake your yard, mow if you supply the mower, pick up trash, or wash your car for free. Maximum three hours. If anyone has a rake they would like to donate will be awesome.”  


The post quickly got the attention of many people who took her up on the offer. Payne even had to create a schedule to keep track of all the jobs the son had to do.

She later posted a photo on Facebook featuring her son working as promised, adding, “First yard complete. He thought I was playing.”

Multiple social media users praised Payne’s approach to parenting, with some saying they will do the same with their misbehaving children.

One Facebook user wrote, “This is awesome! Keep up the good work, mom. He has to learn that there are consequences for his actions!” “This is a great idea! I hope I am able to parent my child as creatively and responsibly as you.”

The son was back in the classroom the next week promoting his mom to post a photo of him, captioned: “Look who’s back at school. Meeting with all his teachers and set up a plan so we can make sure he stays on track.”

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