This mom's response to her teenage daughter's pregnancy is going viral. Nicole Hennessy where on one hand has been lauded by social media for being such a supportive parent to her daughter, she has also received serious criticism by people for not controlling her kids better.
This tik tok mom's reaction to her teen daughter's pregnancy news is going viral on social media. Nicole Hennessy, a 35-year-old photographer from Rockville, Maryland, downloaded TikTok for the first time in April. The mother of three, who describes herself as "a serious extrovert," says she coped with quarantine by sharing "comic relief" and parenting-themed content on the platform.
Nicole often shares videos with her two kids and occasionally shares video of her 17-year old daughter's videos too who is pregnant too.
When commenters requested a "story time" video about Angelina's pregnancy, Nicole, after asking her daughter for permission, delivered.
Nicole's story has stirred an online debate on the Internet over parenting and communication. In the now-viral clip, Hennessy acts out the story of Angelina discovering that she was pregnant. The mom has also reenacted her response to her daughter's pregnancy news and how she reacted by giving her daughter 'three options.'
In a matter of few days only the video has garnered response in millions.
Some viewers applauded Nicole's parenting, calling her a "great mom," "a supportive parent," and a "role model." Several medical professionals, including popular TikTokker @drleslie, commented on the post, thanking Hennessy for her comprehensive approach to guiding her daughter.
Many commenters, however, wrote that Nicole had "failed as a parent" and "let her children do whatever they want."
The sudden backlash over her video shocked Nicole and she says, by the comments condemning her for providing her daughter with three options (which were abortion, adoption, or raising the baby, she clarified). "I did not expect people to have such strong opinions," she told Insider. "It really shocked me."
Angelina, Hennessy, on the other hand, says she is simply amused by her mother's viral fame.
In a follow-up video, Nicole celebrated he point of view. "My job as her mother was to educate her and help her be the best person that she wants to be, not who I want her to be," she said, adding that not presenting her daughter with options would have been "manipulative."
Nicole says she and her daughter thoroughly discussed each option for the child. "I hope you raise your children the same way," she concluded.
She added, "The way you react to a situation like is not only going to form your future relationship with your child, but it's also going to form the opinion they have of themselves," she told Insider. "You have to give them the love and support they need and help them figure out what's best for them."
A parent's responsibility, she added, is to "guide and teach" through complex situations, rather than making decisions unliterally.
Ever since the video has gone viral, Nicole revealed that she has received messages from many teenagers for advice asking for how to disclose theirpregnancies to their parents, "I think that parents sometimes forget that their teenagers want that open, honest relationship. They want to go to their parents," she said. "And when we get upset or judge quickly, it pushes our kids away from being open and honest with us."