Mom Slammed for Taking Punishment Too Far After 9-Year-Old Daughter Insults Food | 22 Words

A mom's punishment for her 9-year-old daughter has left the internet divided, as some think she's gone a little bit too far...

There's nothing quite as rewarding as parenthood.

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The love between you and your child is something unlike any other feeling on earth... It's a pretty magical thing.

But that's not to say it's easy...

Being a parent is basically the hardest job on earth - and the pressure to be a perfect parent can make life even more stressful.

And even if you try to stay relaxed...

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There are some aspects of parenthood are just eternally frustrating. Hey, no one said being a parent was always going to be great fun, right?

There are many things that make parenthood irritating...

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But there's one thing pretty much every mom and dad out there can relate to, which is that feeling that you're constantly fighting a losing battle against your kids' annoying habits.

Of course, there's no such thing as a perfect child...

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And at some point during our kids' lives, they will make sure to make our lives as difficult as possible.

It's all about resilience...

And most importantly, it's all about putting your foot down and not giving in.

There are various different methods of disciplining our children...

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And while some may be considered extreme and unnecessary, many of these methods prove to be very useful.

Well, one mom has gone viral this week for her discipline methods...

And it has truly divided the internet.

The mom in question detailed the incident on Reddit.

The anonymous woman explained that her 9-year-old daughter, Evelyn, has been "testing boundaries" lately.

According to the mom, she has been saying rude, hurtful comments out of nowhere...

Including commenting on people's clothing, weight, or other physical features. "Absolutely rude statements that my husband and I would never say about anyone, ever," the mom explained.

She continued...

"Whenever she has made these sorts of comments, we have had serious discussions with her about how inappropriate and hurtful they are, and we urge her to think before she speaks next time."

The mom explained that one night, she got home from work early and decided to cook a beef stew for dinner from scratch.

She then seasoned the dish as she usually does, with salt, pepper, thyme, and a bay leaf.

"I felt good about cooking for my family and didn't even take the time to change out of my work scrubs before I began."

"My husband woke up to the smell of stew cooking, and he was so happy about the surprise. Evelyn even said it smelled good," she added.

But things quickly went downhill once Evelyn had tried the meal...

"No offense Mom, but this stew is really bitter. Maybe next time only use half a bay leaf," she apparently said.

This didn't go down well...

"I stared at her for a good 10 seconds, my jaw on the floor. I had just worked a 12-hour shift at the hospital and come home to cook her dinner from scratch, only to have her insult my cooking."

She continued...

"I honestly wasn't sure how to react. I was hurt and angry, but I don't like to raise my voice, and just talking to her about these statements in the past hasn't changed her behavior."

The mom said that if the stew genuinely was bitter, she would have laughed it off.

"My husband agrees, it tasted completely normal. I checked, and the bay leaf wasn't in her bowl, it was still in the pot on the stove. She was just trying to come up with some way to insult me."

She believes her daughter was being rude on purpose.

"So when I was finally able to respond, I quietly said, 'If you don't like the stew, you don't have to eat it. Please take your bowl to the kitchen and get in the bath. You may eat breakfast in the morning'."

"Now she's sobbing in her room about how unfair I am, and my husband thinks maybe I went too far."

"I was hoping that maybe the discomfort of going hungry for one night will remind her to watch her words in the future. What if she had said this to my elderly mother instead of me? What if she had said something cruel to one of her peers and destroyed their friendship? I don't know how else to get through to her that words can cut deeper than any hunger pangs," she said.

Do you think this mom took things a step too far to prove a point?

Or do you think she had every right to punish her daughter in the way she did? Well, for more controversial parenting moves, read on for the woman who hit her own child after her makeup palette was destroyed...