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Here’s one method to get your pre-schooler enthusiastic for school. After her 5-year-old refused to go to school, one mum in Thailand decided to teach her son a lesson in life. Mum Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul and her husband took the day off, bringing their son out on the streets with them, to be a Bangkok ‘rubbish boy’ for the day. 

They made the boy pick up plastic and glass bottles from bins and along the road, before selling them for cash. In a Facebook post on Jan 18, Nuttanitcha detailed how they walked about 2.2km, picking up about 2kg worth of bottles, which fetched about 2 baht (S$0.08).

After they were done, the boy asked his mother: “Can we take the bus?” But she replied: “Do you have money? Taking the bus costs 10 baht.” He replied: “No.”

“Then we have to find more bottles to earn more money”, said Nuttanitcha. To her amusement, the child replied: “It’s ok, I’ll walk.”

The boy then followed with another request: “I want ice cream,” to which Nuttanitcha said: “It costs 5 baht, do we have enough?” Again he dejectedly said “No, I don’t want it anymore.”


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In a clip captured on camera, he tells his mother: “I’m so tired, it’s so hot, I want to go home.” Photos from their outing showed her son looking tired and dazed, with his hair drenched in perspiration and face blackened by grime.

Nuttanitcha shared that the experience was a good lesson for them both – for her to always be a role model to their son, and also for the boy to know what it means to work hard. In addition, their son would realise that no matter what he goes through, his parents will be there for him every step of the way, said Nuttanitcha.

Nuttanitcha’s heartwarming post went viral soon after it was posted, garnering more than 70,000 likes and close to 60,000 shares. Many Facebook users praised the parents for their exemplary teaching methods.


TEXT: Candice Cai, AsiaOne/ PHOTOS: Nuttanitcha Chotsirimeteekul, Facebook