Mother rewards daughter who smokes, drinks and has sex

October 21st, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 21 (IANS) Though the behaviour of British teenager Sam Holt, who smokes dope, drinks alcohol and even has sex, would leave most parents in despair, for her mother the 13-year-old is “sweet” rather than shocking.Tracy Holt, 43, who lives in Gosport, Hampshire, says there are a “lot worse things” her daughter Sam could be doing than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Holt, a jobless single mother with two other grown-up children and who smokes 20 cigarettes a day herself, said she believed that because she herself hasn’t yet suffered from cancer, “she’ll probably be alright anyway”.

She told a British magazine that she was glad that her daughter was not “a proper drunk” and had not graduated to harder drugs, even though she hangs out with friends and drinks beer.

“I don’t see the point in punishing her. If I ground her, I’m just punishing myself because I have to put up with her in the house,” she said.

“Instead, I reward her good behaviour by giving her cigarettes. If she’s bad, she goes without.”

“She’s a little comedian. I let her get away with a lot of cheek. It’s sweet.”

Sam, who admits to having had four sexual partners in less than a year, told Closer magazine: “I only sleep with boyfriends. I worry about getting pregnant because I don’t want kids until I’m married so I always use condoms.”

Sam’s track record at school is also shocking, as she has been excluded from school for more than 40 times for bad behaviour.

“Sam got suspended for the first time after she climbed on to the school roof,” said her mother, who believes her daughter’s behaviour is down to the teachers at her school who were “too soft” with her.

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