Nicole Walters had recently sent her adoptive daughter off to college when the teen suddenly dropped off the radar for three days. Then after a string of texts and calls had gone unanswered, Walters rushed to her campus – and broadcasted the visit online.
Walters is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and honed her career skills working as a sales executive for Fortune 500 companies. After sensationally quitting her last job live on Periscope, however, Walters founded her own company called The Monetized Life.
Through this venture, Walters aims to teach fellow entrepreneurs how to build their businesses and gain more sales. The business woman’s signature course, $1K1Day, shows people how they can earn money in passive income and become financially independent.
And throughout her entrepreneurial journey, Walters has used broadcasting platform Periscope to share her story with her social media followers. In 2017, however, the mom of three turned her lens onto her own family. For it was then that she documented an unfolding crisis with one of her daughters.
That summer, you see, Walters’ oldest daughter had started college. And after dropping the 18-year-old off at her dorm, the doting mother had shed a happy tear. She was, after all, filled with pride that the young woman’s hard work was paying off and that she was achieving her dreams.
Taking that into account, Walters and her husband made the journey home safe in the knowledge that their daughter was carving her own path in life. However, when the student failed to make contact with her parents for the next three days, their pride soon turned to concern.
Finally, after a slew of unanswered texts and phone calls, Walters and her husband hopped in the car and went searching for their daughter at her college campus. And given her fondness for Periscope, Walters decided to broadcast the entire episode online.
In the video, Walters and her husband walk through their daughter’s college campus as she explains her daughter’s mysterious three-day silence. “You are my priority,” Walters says, addressing her daughter. “This is my Tuesday, so we came here to visit.”
Later in the video, Walters reveals that she has heard from her daughter. However, she isn’t buying her excuse that she had been “out late” and therefore unable to reach home. “Out late doing what? ’Cause the campus bookstore is closed, and the library is not 24 hours,” the furious mom seethes.
Revealing the reason behind her anger, Walters explains, “She thought she could dip off and go ghost for three days. No you won’t. No you won’t. What you’re not fixing to do when I pay tuition is disappear for three days. That’s not going to happen. It’s too soon.”
So Walters and her husband had shown up at their daughter’s campus, armed with fruit – “’Cause potassium important,” Walters revealed – to teach the teen a lesson. And to do that, they’d made a special flyer for her to hang in her room.
The flyer in question featured a picture of Walters’ daughter’s face and read, “Is my daughter being irresponsible?” And if the teen’s fellow students believed she was behaving recklessly, the sign encouraged them to inform Walters in exchange for pizza and a Starbucks gift card.
Sure enough, Walters confirmed that she had taped the flyer up in her daughter’s room. And she’d also threatened to distribute more around the college should her child drop off the radar again. “We’re not playing,” she said. “College kids will do anything for a pizza.”
The irritated mom later revealed that her daughter had said the reason for her late-night text had been because she was watching Netflix with friends. But Walters still wasn’t happy. “I do not pay for you to be social. I pay for you to get a degree,” was her response.
And Walters hadn’t reserved her harsh words solely for her daughter. When her friends had called on her daughter to go to class, for instance, Walters had also given them a piece of her mind. “I was like, ‘Oh, you want to Netflix and chill with my daughter? Listen, I expect you guys to be excellent also,’” Walters revealed.
Yet while Walters’ parenting techniques may have seemed firm, she added that her heart was in the right place. She and her husband had recently adopted their student daughter and her two sisters, after all. And so they were keen to show them how much they were valued.
Walters explained, “She’s used to having other adults not be present in her life. She’s used to thinking that if an adult isn’t around, it’s because they don’t care. She’s used to out of sight truly meaning out of mind. And I need her to understand that when we’re not around we still love you, hard.”
Walters added, “We still think about you all the time. So if I don’t hear from you for three days, I’m sitting there for three days thinking about how much I love you and how worried I am. That’s what parenting really looks like, and she’s not used to that.”
Putting the final words to her video, Walters concluded, “We’re showing her what parenting really looks like from afar. So that that way, she is prepared, ready and confident that every decision she makes is impactful and that other people care about it.”
Since appearing on Facebook in 2017, Walters’ broadcast has racked up an impressive seven million views. And while the entrepreneur’s parenting techniques did indeed divide opinion, there’s no denying that her video showed the extreme lengths moms and dads will go to when their child’s best interests are concerned.