Mum’s Facebook post goes viral: ‘Once a month my 6-year-old takes me on a date’

“I am teaching him how to treat a lady and how to take her on a proper date”


by Kayleigh Dray |
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Nikkole Paulun appeared on the MTV show 16 & Pregnant - and has received a lot of negative comments from social media users in the past.

But, when she shared a special moment with her son, she left thousands of people feeling utterly moved.

On Friday night, Nikkole shared a photo of her 6-year-old son fumbling in his wallet to pay for their dinner date.

The photo was captioned: “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 and 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 and 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.”

The post concluded: “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.”

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The post has received almost 3 million likes on Facebook, and has been shared almost 500,000 times.

However, not everyone approved of Nikkole’s actions.

One user commented: “While this is a lovely idea, I don't like the idea that you make your son spend money he earns by doing chores on taking you for dinner.

“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.

“He may grow to resent the fact that you expect him to take you to dinner with the money he earns, which is an actual problem in relationships now.”

Nikkole was not prepared to take criticism lying down, and quickly responded to the complaint.

She wrote: “He enjoys doing it. It makes him happy. I would never force him to do something he didn't want to. He prefers to spend his money doing something special with me than to spend money on toys.

“He already has his game station, toys, and things he wants. He's very thrifty with his money and refuses to spend on things he thinks he won't really use.”

The proud mum added: “I give him extra money to be able to do this - having a special day for just us two is something he truly cherishes and looks forward to, as well as using his money to pay the bill.”

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