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05th Jan 2016

Little boy treats Mom to monthly ‘dinner dates’

Katie Mythen-Lynch

A Michigan Mum has sparked controversy after a sharing a picture of her six-year-old son together with a Facebook post praising his impeccable behaviour on their regular dinner dates. 

Nikkole Paulun said her little boy saves up his pocket money to take her out on a date every month. When they reach the restaurant, the mannerly youngster opens the door and pulls out his mum’s chair. He even pays the bill afterwards, all lessons Nikkole believes will “teach him how to treat a lady”.

The post, which received a mixed reaction despite being shared over 500,000 times, reads:

“Once a month my 6 year old son takes me out on a dinner date. He opens doors for me, pulls out my chair, talks about his day & asks me how mine was, pays the bill with money he earned by doing chores, and even tips the waiter/waitress.

By doing this I am teaching him how to treat a lady & how to take her on a proper date. How to show that he respects the woman he loves (right now that would be mommy).

We put our phone and iPad away (except to take this photo) and sit and talk to each other about our days, things we want to do, etc. I’m teaching him proper table manners and that it’s rude to sit on your phone on a date with your mom or with anyone else.

He learns the value of money and how to manage it. He learns how to do math as we add up what we want and make sure we have 15% of it to leave for a tip. Yes he is young but I believe this is something he should learn now.

It’s never too early to teach your child how to properly respect others, especially women. As a woman who has been abused & treated like crap in the past, it’s extremely important to me that I teach my son how to show respect.

Too many men these days have no idea how to treat women or how to take them on a nice date. It’s nice to know my son won’t be one of them.”

While one Facebook fan wrote: “That would make him feel so special and grown up. I am sure he is enjoying the experience while imbibing the values,” others aren’t so sure.

“I don’t like the idea that you make your son spend money he earns by doing chores on taking you for dinner.” wrote one woman. “I get the idea behind it, but it’s a little unfair to suggest that unless you make him do that then he’ll turn out to be a bad guy when it comes to women.”

Once a month my 6 year old son takes me out on a dinner date. He opens doors for me, pulls out my chair, talks about his…

Posted by Nikkole Paulun on Friday, January 1, 2016

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