Mom's Facebook Post About Toothpaste Goes Viral
Middle school isn't always easy, but Amy Gardner knew exactly what to do before her daughter started sixth grade this week. The mom of two told the 11-year-old to squeeze an entire tube of toothpaste on a plate, and taught her a lesson she'll remember for the rest of her life.
"When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube," Gardner wrote on . When her daughter Breonna said that she couldn't, and exclaimed things like, "It won't be like itwas before!"Gardner then explained the metaphor: "Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can't take them back. Use your words carefully." Gardner went on: "Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness."
Gardner's powerful lesson not only affected her daughter, but it's also reached millions of others. People have shared her Facebook post over 540,000 times, applauding her spot-on parenting. But most commenters don't realize that Gardner became a mom only recently. She and her husband stepped up as foster parents just two years ago. They've since adopted Breonna and her sister, but Gardner wants to make up for lost time.
"It's really important to me, only having nine years with Breonna, to produce a child that's learned that she needs to be responsible for her actions and her words," Gardner told ABC News."We certainly don't expect Breonna not to make mistakes in middle school," she said, "but we want to help her."
Gardners' daughters are definitely lucky to have such an inspiring mom.
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