Toya Graham mother of six in Baltimore was videoed punishing and slapping her 16-year old son; after seeing him with a rock in his hand during the Baltimore rioting. This mother though you may not approve of her methods. You ought to approve of her overall parenting. No free range parenting here! Do you remember the old announcements which used to ask "It's 10:00 p.m. Do you know where your child is? " this mother not only went looking for her son in the middle of a riot, she found him and held him accountable.
As a parent educator I never condone hitting children in the face; which, Ms . Graham did repeatedly. But, what I did wholeheartedly approved of is her literally walking into fire and pulling her child out of danger. After calming down Michael and Toya were interview by Anderson Cooper. Michael, told his mother about the riot planned the night before, when he did not come home from school she went to find him. While on the surface this may seem to be a negative relationship, in fact it is a relationship full of communication. It is troubled like most parent teen relationships. I suspect however, that Toya and Michael have a closer bond than would first appear possible given the first set of video clips.