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Mum Makes Kids Do 'Community Service' Litter Picking To Discipline Them

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Mum Makes Kids Do 'Community Service' Litter Picking To Discipline Them

A mum who was fed up of her children bickering over Easter has put them on 'community service', picking up litter near their home of Liverpool.

Katie Al-Malik, 35, said she had reached the end of her tether when her two children - Joseph, six and Aliyah, five, were getting a little too cheeky during the school holidays.

And when Aliyah asked if she could have a litter picker while shopping in B&M, mum Katie thought it could be put to good use.

A mum who was fed up of her children bickering over Easter has put them on 'community service' (Caters News)
A mum who was fed up of her children bickering over Easter has put them on 'community service' (Caters News)
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Katie even bought the kids matching hi-vis jackets reading: 'My mum put me on community service'.

"I think they were a little embarrassed at first wearing the hi-vis vests but after a while they really started to get into it," she said.

"People were walking past and stopping to say well done and thanking them for taking the time to clean up the streets.

"We've been back out nearly every day this week and I've never had such a quiet house. Their bedtime routine is so much smoother, they're ready and willing to get into bed by 8.30pm every night and they are being kinder to each other.

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Katie even bought the kids matching hi-vis jackets (Credit: Caters News)
Katie even bought the kids matching hi-vis jackets (Credit: Caters News)

"They've been helping each other with the litter picking during the day and I think it has brought them closer together and taught them to be respectful of their environment and others."

While many strangers and passers-by have thanked and praised the children, Katie has received one or two comments of criticism.

And after doing community service for just one day, Aliyah and Joseph even started asking if they could go out and do more litter picking. Since they started, they've accumulated a whopping 12 bin liners of rubbish.

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After doing community service for just one day, Aliyah and Joseph even started asking if they could go out and do more (Credit: Caters News)
After doing community service for just one day, Aliyah and Joseph even started asking if they could go out and do more (Credit: Caters News)

"I've always tried my best to raise them right, and as kids often do, they were bickering, stuck inside because of lockdown," Katie continued.

"But when they started being disrespectful it was the last straw. We were heading out to the shops and I told them under no uncertain terms 'do not ask for anything' because they had been too poorly behaved to have any treats.

Katie has had heaps of praise from other parents (Credit: Caters News)
Katie has had heaps of praise from other parents (Credit: Caters News)
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"When we got to the shop Aliyah picked up a litter picker and asked if she could have it. I thought for a moment and then said 'yes but it's going to good use'.

"Later that day I went to B&Q and got us some hi-vis vests and told them what we were going to do. I wanted to teach them that it's important to be respectful and that sometimes they will need to work together to get things done."

Well done Joseph and Aliyah!

Featured Image Credit: Caters News

Topics: Children, UK News, Life News, Kids, Parenting

Lucy Devine
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