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Veteran Mom of 3 Goes Viral With Hilarious ‘Teenage-ism’ Note for Daughter’s School Tardiness

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This mom just won at parenting.

Raising kids is anything but easy, and most parents would probably admit that sometimes they feel like resorting to drastic measures to get through to a misbehaving teen. After all, the twos may be terrible, but what about teenagers who can dress themselves, drive, date, and disappear into the virtual worlds behind their screens for hours on end? Now THAT is tough.

For one mom in California, one particularly rough morning with her eldest daughter (age 14) led to a scramble with her four- and ten-year-olds as well. The oldest girl continued to give some classic teen sass, so the mom responded in a way most parents could only dream of:

She threw her daughter’s cell phone out the car window.

Need to learn more? Thought so. Here’s the full story!

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Source: Facebook @Nicole Poppic

Now she’s going viral for it…

Meet Nicole

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Source: Facebook @Nicole Poppic

34-year-old Nicole Poppic is your average mom… and then some.

This mother of three is also an Army veteran, photographer, and stay at home mom. On her Facebook, she describes herself as the “wife of the most awesome guy around, Mom to the best kids kids ever, Kisser of Boo-Boos, Maker of all Foods that are delicious, Cleaner of Bathrooms, etc.”

Sound familiar? Glad we got your attention, because here’s where things get really interesting! And it all came down to Nicole’s oldest daughter, 14-year-old Cara. Nicole explains, “Parenting a teen is both challenging and rewarding. Watching Cara grow and change brings great joy to my life, but with that growth, there have been growing pains.”

Sleeping In

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Source: Facebook @Nicole Poppic

For many parents, especially stay at home moms and dads, back to school means freedom during weekdays, but it also means packing lunches, driving kids to and from school and extracurriculars, and early, early mornings.

While taking care of a four-year-old Sammi and ten-year-old Alex, Nicole was hopeful that her oldest daughter, Cara, could take care of her own morning routine. Unfortunately, Cara overslept, and then she and her mother started fighting, as teens and their parents always seem to do.

While driving the children to school, Nicole decided to take Cara last in order to drive home the point that Cara was going to have to start taking more responsibility.

“When we finally got in the car and I looked at the clock and realized that we were running late, I started doing the ‘mom’ thing,” Nicole recounted to TODAY Parents. “My lecture went something along the lines of, ‘You need to start thinking about other people, Cara. You are not the only person in this family, and you made your brother and sister late, too.”

But like so many teens, Cara was disinterested.