It’s the Facebook post that has had almost three million likes and sparked massive online debate.
Nikkole Paulun, former star of reality series 16 & Pregnant, recently revealed that her six-year-old son Lyle takes her out on a dinner date once a month.
“He opens doors for me, pulls out my chair, talks about his day & asks me how mine was, pays the bill with money he earned by doing chores, and even tips the waiter/waitress,” she wrote. “By doing this I am teaching him how to treat a lady & how to take her on a proper date. How to show that he respects the woman he loves (right now that would be mommy). We put our phone and iPad away (except to take this photo) and sit and talk to each other about our days, things we want to do, etc.”
Paulun says she's teaching her son proper table manners, as well as the value of money and how to manage it.
"It's never too early to teach your child how to properly respect others, especially women. As a woman who has been abused & treated like crap in the past, it's extremely important to me that I teach my son how to show respect. Too many men these days have no idea how to treat women or how to take them on a nice date. It's nice to know my son won't be one of them."
Some people have praised the idea.
"This is a beautiful thing this mother is doing with her son," wrote one reader. "I hope to teach my 2yr to be a little gentleman as well!"
"I hope that one day, when my five year old daughter grows up, she will meet a man like Lyle to treat her exactly as she should be treated!" wrote another. "You are doing a great job!"
Personally, I think this is all kinds of wrong.
Sure, having one-on-one time with a kid is great. But it shouldn't take a once-a-month special occasion for a mum and a six-year-old to put down their phone and iPad and talk to each other.