Mom Writes Cheeky Note To Explain Teen's Tardiness

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A California mom wrote her 14-year-old daughter a hilarious late note for school, asking for her to be excused due to her “teenage-ism.”

Nicole Poppic’s daughter Cara had overslept and decided to pick a fight with her that morning. Despite this, Poppic agreed to write Cara a note, but added her own twist to teach her daughter a lesson.

“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as ‘teenage-ism,’” Poppic wrote in a note now posted to Facebook. “Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted, and there is no known cure.”


Poppic noted that Cara’s symptoms included an “inability to remove herself from her bed” and “the need to talk back to her birth-giver.”

“She seems to be recovering her senses after watching her cell phone fly out the car window,” the mom ended the note. “Please call me if there is another flare-up.”

To those wondering if Poppic really threw her daughter’s phone out the window, the answer is yes. The mom-of-three spoke with Today.com and explained that she was lecturing her daughter in the car to “start thinking about other people,” when she realized Cara wasn’t even listening.

“I reached over and took her phone off her lap, unplugged her headphones, and threw her phone out the car window,” Poppic said.

Despite this, the 34-year-old mom retrieved the unharmed phone from the neighbour’s yard once she returned home and gave it back to her daughter a few days later.

Since Poppic shared the tardy note on Facebook, it has gone viral with over 32,000 shares.

While Cara admitted to Today.com that she was embarrassed by the note and the fact that her mom walked her into the attendance office, she was able to laugh about it later.

“I guess I was ashamed of acting that way, because my teachers usually know me as the quiet, respectful student in the class, and I didn’t want them to think otherwise,” Cara said.

Following her Facebook post, Poppic wrote on her blog that her daughter is not a “bad kid,” and that she just wanted to teach her a lesson.

“She was just having a bad morning,” the mom wrote. “Still, I feel it is important for all of my children to realize that no matter what kind of mood a person is in, they are still responsible for their own actions and they are expected to be aware of how those actions affect other people.”

Bravo, mom!

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