One night, Rebecca Boyd went to see a movie with her daughter Ashley at the Tannehill Premiere Cinema 14 in Bessemer, Alabama. Things weren’t going so well for their family as her husband just got laid off from work. So she decided to take out her daughter for a movie treat, knowing that it would be a while before they get to do this again.
But instead of a pleasant movie experience, the supposed-to-be fun evening was disrupted by two noisy teenagers who were sitting behind them. The two girls were being extremely noisy and one of them kept tapping Rebecca’s seat. Even though she felt frustrated, she asked them nicely to be quiet – on numerous occasions. However, the two girls just ignored her pleas and kept misbehaving.
When the movie was over, Rebecca decided to confront the two young ladies for their rude behavior. She told them:
“Girls, I just want you to know that your actions affect other people around you. You never know what other people are going through. For instance, my husband was just laid off from his job. This is the last movie that I can take my daughter to for a while and you’ve ruined it.”
These are strong words, but of course, Rebecca meant well. However, it was not only the disappointed mother who decided to call out the girls’ obnoxious actions.
Nick Wood, the big brother of the two girls who accompanied them in the theater, blurted out to their own mom, Kyesha Smith Wood, how rude the girls have been throughout the whole movie.
Upon learning of the incident, Kyesha felt humiliated and embarrassed for her girls’ disrespectful actions. So she decided to make up for it in the best way that she can – by tracking down Rebecca.
Kyesha took to Facebook to find the woman who had scolded her daughter and stepdaughter. She posted a public message on her own profile as well as on McAdory-McCalla Community News Facebook page. Clearly, she was intent on finding Rebecca.
A part of her post reads:
“If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology.”, she wrote.
“My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect.”
After numerous shares and likes, the message finally reached the person that it was written for.
Kyesha said the incident affected her girls in the right way.
“My girls are so mortified. They are humiliated. And, that’s okay because I told them, ‘You know what, you’re not going to do this again,’” she said.
Many of those who learned of Kyesha’s efforts praised her for her parenting skills, but she says that the real champion of this story is Rebecca.
“She’s the most gracious, kind and forgiving woman. I am so humbled by that and I’ve been telling people the real hero of the story is her.”, says Kyesha.
“She took it upon herself to correct my girls and no one else around them did.”
Aside from the girls learning their lesson, the Boyd family also received a few job offers from people who read Kyesha’s viral post.
Kudos to Kyesha for being a good example of what a parent should be. It could be a hard pill to swallow when you learn that your kids have been behaving badly, but instead of reinforcing these negative attitudes, Kyesha chose to be firm with her principles and disciplined her children in a way that they would understand.
Rebecca and Kyesha are both great examples of responsible parents who value accountability, and we hope that their actions send an important message to all parents out there – that calling out your children for their mistakes is one of the best ways to show them that you love them.
Watch the video below from Inside Edition to see how both families worked it all out.
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