Meet Chris and Gabe López. This mother and son shared their story with StoryCorps. Gabe, who is transgender, was initially hesitant to tell his mom because he was, in his words, “worried that you liked me as a girl.”
He also describes how he met some “bros” at camp who taught him an extremely valuable life lesson lots of young boys take for granted.
But the most eye opening moment in the conversation between mother and son is when Chris asks Gabe about his future dreams and fears.
Chris: Do you ever get scared about what it’s going to be like to grow up transgender?
Gabe: I’ve been wondering if, when I’m older, a lot of people will to try to hurt me or something.
Chris: Like, if they find out that you were born a girl and they have a problem with it?
Chris: You think that they might try to hurt you in some way?
Give it a listen. Chris exemplifies the meaning of unconditional love for your child.
Growing up, I’m sure you all remember going up to your dad, tios, or abuelito asking for your “domingo” (aka your weekly allowance). Or you probably remember doing all these favors and chores for your mom, expecting a little something-something in return. But what might haunt us most of all is when we asked our parents for a raise in our weekly allowance.
I mean, the older we became, the more money we needed and the older we became, the more we realized that nothing in life is free (dun, dun, dun).
But times have changed and new generations of parents are getting a little more creative with how they talk to their children about money and how they teach them about financial literacy at a young age.
Our generation might be judged for spending too much money on avocado toast and iced coffee but we still know the value of a dollar and the hard work that goes into it, so we’re here for teaching younger generations those same lessons — in more constructive ways, of course. Because if you remember correctly, our Latinx mom’s would either take out the chancla or give us a whole speech about “you think money grows from tees?” whenever we’d try to ask for a little more money (if any, since a lot of us might not have had that privilege).
Anyway, back to the point… one mom’s Facebook post went viral after she shared that she hosted a makeshift job fair for her children after they kept asking for a higher allowance.
“My children continue to ask for a new cell phone, an allowance, and to go places,” the mother, Shaketha Marion McGregor wrote in her Facebook post. “Yesterday I told them that I’ve heard their requests and that I’ll have a surprise for them today when they get home from school. SURPRISE!!! It’s a whole hiring event. If you want it, work for it, earn it!”
And yes, she even had an in-home credit union (wait, what even is that? These kids are about to be ready for when #adulting hits them).
McGregor’s Facebook post has already gotten over 212K likes, 35K comments, and over 130K shared on the social media platform.
(Photo credit: Facebook/Shaketha Marion McGregor)
People on Facebook were quick to flood her comments with positive messaging applauding the mother for teaching her kids about responsibility and the value of the dollar. Many were even taking notes, tagging other friends, suggesting they do this with their own kids, nieces, or nephews.
McGregor went all out with the job fair for her kids. She had a listing of all the open jobs available with descriptions of duties and job responsibilities.
The mother was hiring a Kitchen Manager, Lead Housekeeper, and Laundry Supervisor. To apply, her kids had to fill out an application and turn it into her immediately. Salary, the job posting said, would be discussed during the interview. We hope her kids negotiated salary because kids out here need the latest iPhone, iPad, and AirPods.
She told the publication that when her kids entered her house and saw the job fair, they said “this is not what we asked for.”
Still, she told them that if they wanted the things they were asking for then they had to learn to be responsible with money. “To my surprise, they brought me the applications one by one,” McGregor told Buzzfeed.
To be honest, we also wish some of our parents would have taught us the importance of building your credit from a young age. We can’t help but wonder if McGregor will open up this job fair to the public? Because we’re interested…
More people on Facebook shared their thoughts about McGregor’s job fair in the comments sections and some even shared their own version of her job fair.
(Photo credit: Facebook/Shaketha Marion McGregor)
One user shared that their oldest child worked for them “under the table” when he was 12 and then they made him do “taxes.” Woah, this is next level. Again, why didn’t anyone teach us how to do taxes at age 12?
Another woman comment that McGregor was her “hero” and a huge inspiration. (Photo credit: Facebook/Shaketha Marion McGregor)
She said she was even planning a job fair at her house! It’s about to become a movement.
When we look back on our childhoods, we had lots of great times. Hanging out with our primos, being spoiled by our abuelas, watching Saturday morning cartoons and dancing our hearts out at quinces are just a few of our favorite memories from growing up. However, it wasn’t always fun and games. We’d be irresponsible if we didn’t give credit to some of the hilarious ways our parents kept us in line as well. At the time, some threats were straight-up horrifying but now they’re pretty funny. Who knows, maybe we’ll even use some of these lines on our own kids one day.
With these strange and funny punishments in mind, we asked our FIERCE readers what sort of weird warnings their parents issued to them while growing up and we can’t stop laughing over these responses. Here are some of the funniest:
1. Hug it out.
Instagram / @mixedmombrownbabies
“My dad would force my brother and i to hug each other standing in a corner when we got into a fight. We would squeeze each other tryna hurt each other 😂😂😂” — @waitingmoon
2. Pack your bags and go.
Instagram / @nextra.gifts.mtpleasant
“‘Te voy a mandar pa Mexico con tu tía’”— @larrita415_
3. The threat of el Cucuy.
Instagram / @wearemitu
“When I wouldn’t sleep my mom would say, “If you open your eyes, the Cucuy will come to get you!” 😯 It would scare me to death. Pinche cucuy!” — @hellengav74
4. A long visit with abuelita doesn’t seem so bad.
Instagram / @skeddadle181
“My mom would threaten with sending us to Peru. Honestly, looking back, I should have taken her up on it because my Abuelita would have spoiled me rotten 🤣” — @mamabean_d
5. The hand-holding technique.
Instagram / @luciclementine
“When my brother and I would argue in the grocery store, my dad would make us hold hands until we left the store.” — @withlove_mandee
6. Don’t make us pull this car over!
Instagram / @mommydearestinc
“My mother would threaten to stop the car on the freeway and throw us out if we didn’t stop fighting.” — @lamoodyreina
7. A weird and gross punishment that a lot of readers have in common.
Instagram / @tablemannerstx
“My dad would say he was gonna make us lick salt off each other’s backs. We were so grossed out we would check ourselves realllll quick.” — @mividaencolor
8. The underwear warning.
Instagram / @wickedpatterns
“My mom would threatened to tie us in underwear back to back in the balcony 😂” — @danielyspineda
Instagram / @candyskloset
“My mom never threatened. She just gave a look and said, “Want to go to the bathroom?” Which meant a spanking lol.” — @victorria_p
10. Hold your tongue.
Instagram / @kid_spanglish
“‘Se te hace palo la lengua’ was a threat if you even thought about backtalking.” — @killahcarm
11. Cut off from technology.
Instagram / @theradstylist
“My parents would threaten to take the phones and internet modem away when my sister and I would fight. It got so bad that they would actually take them to work with them so we wouldn’t sneak on the internet or call our friends lol.” — @teoami
12. This rice threat sounds painful af.
Instagram / @zahraricetraders
“Threatened to kneel on a pile of rice and lick salt off eachothers back 😂😂😂” — @jessicagmejia
13. What’s with all the licking??
Instagram / @mydadshoney
“My mom would threaten to put honey on my and @pgon805 back and make us lick it off each other” — @wildcardb_tches
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