Most teenagers will go through a phase where they are glued to their mobile phone -ferociously typing texts or snapping selfies.
But one mother’s attempt to limit her daughter’s screen time sparked a debate on the parenting site Mumsnet.
The woman revealed how she confiscates her 17-year-old daughter’s phone every night, and turns off the WiFi at 9.30pm for good measure – even at weekends and on holidays.
After admitting the approach was leading to ‘constant arguments’ and an increasingly recalcitrant attitude on the part of her daughter, who will start university this year, she asked fellow parents if she was being ‘too strict’.
The post prompted a flood of responses from people who branded her parenting methods ‘draconian’, with some asking why she ‘doesn’t trust’ her daughter, and others predicting future problems for their relationship should she fail to relax her house rules.
(Stock image) a mum took to Mumsnet to ask users if she was being too strict by placing a mobile ban on her 17-year-old daughter every night from 9.30pm
The mother had said she couldn’t understand why her daughter’s behavior had changed, but suspected the rules she’d had in place for ‘a few years’ could be the cause.
She asked fellow mothers if she was being too strict on her teenage daughter, who she explained will start university in the autumn, and many admitted they found her approach ‘draconian’.
One Mumsnet user accused her of treating her daughter like a 12-year-old, while another asked: ‘How do you plan on policing her phone usage when she’s at university?’
Many expressed their sympathy for her daughter, with one arguing it was unfair to forbid her from watching a film in bed after 9.30pm.
Parents couldn’t believe the way that one user treated her 17-year-old child
While most parents appeared shocked by the heavy-handed nature of the mother’s house rules, some commended her for her strict approach.
One said: ‘Hopefully this is teaching her good habits.’
But the vast majority urged her to relax her rules around electronics in order to maintain a good relationship with her daughter in the future.
‘She’s not a baby,’ one Mumsnet user insisted, while another asked simply: ‘Why don’t you trust her’.
As well as parents feeling sorry for the young girl, they also said that she will never have independence if her mum continues to be so controlling