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    Drink, and Mom sells your car!

    Date: 01.11.08 | by Judge Tom.
    That’s right. Earlier this month an Iowa mom found alcohol under the front seat of her 19-year-old son’s car.  No ticket was issued or charges filed.  There was no court involved, only the teen’s mother. 
    Meanest mom Jane Hambleton, with son Steven on ABC  [Jane and Steven on Good Morning America]
    Jane Hambleton placed an ad in the local newspaper that read:  “Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. . . .Call meanest mom on the planet.”  And this was after owning the car for just three weeks. When she gave the car to her son, Steven, it came with just two rules: no booze and always lock it. Steven, a student at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, explained that the alcohol was a friend’s and not his. But his mother stuck with the rules and he violated one of them.
      meanmom2.jpg   What do you think?   Mom was both criticized and praised for her action on the Internet.  Did she go overboard with tough love or was she right in disciplining her son in a manner he’ll never forget?
    Related story:  See how one Texas family disciplined their 16-year-old daughter for breaking curfew.
     
    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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