Most of us know what it’s like to live under the thumb of our parents. But despite the finger of suspicion, the majority of the time the oldsters are just looking out for our best interests. Like this Ohio mom, whose constant requests for proof of what her daughter was up to one summer’s evening in 2017 undoubtedly grated on the teen. However, her offspring’s response to the challenge was absolutely perfect – leading to a hilarious exchange that sent the internet into fits of laughter.
Kaelyn Demmon lives in the small city of Huron, Erie County, Ohio, where she apparently leads a carefree existence typical of any normal teenager. Indeed, the 18-year-old’s social media accounts are full of happy pictures of her joking around and hanging out with her friends and boyfriend, Conor Fortune. Generally, she looks to be enjoying life to the full.
Also just like any normal teenager, she lives this life under the watchful eye of her parents – in particular her mom, Heather Steinkopf. And while the reasons why Demmon’s mother shouldn’t entirely trust her daughter are unclear, we can only presume that there have been some misunderstandings in the past.
Anyway, one evening back in July 2017 Demmon tweeted a series of laugh-out-loud pics from a movie night spent with her best friend. And more to the point, the images underlined her mother’s apparent distrust for her. The teen even captioned one tweet with “I think it’s safe to say my mom doesn’t trust me.”
The images – smartphone screenshots of a text conversation between Demmon and her mother – show Steinkopf turn mean cop and demand to know her daughter’s whereabouts. And before the youngster has even had time to respond, Steinkopf hits her with a follow-up question about her car, prefaced with the damning statement, “Before you lie.”
Moreover, despite Demmon’s answer, “At Stevie’s,” Steinkopf grills her daughter for proof that she is indeed with her bestie – Stevie Holbrook, another 18-year-old girl. In fact, the mom demands, “Send a selfie of the two of you both giving me the thumbs up!” In response, Demmon duly offers a picture of herself and her friend with thumbs aloft as a visual alibi. But the skeptical Steinkopf still isn’t satisfied.
Next, the suspicious mom requests another selfie, this time with the lights on – seemingly to ensure that the two girls really are together at that very moment and that Demmon isn’t just sending old pictures from her camera roll as proof. And again, the teen comes through with a photo of herself and Stevie, this time illuminated.
Astonishingly, though, Steinkopf still doesn’t believe that Demmon isn’t somehow fabricating the evidence. She fires back, “I think you photo cropped Stevie in to the picture.” Then she issues another challenge: this time she makes Demmon climb on to her best friend’s back and take another thumbs-up selfie.
Resisting the temptation to enquire whether her mom had meant to say Photoshopped not “photo cropped,” Demmon obliges her mother one last time. Finally, then, Steinkopf decides that the proof is satisfactory and she can close the case. “Alright… you pass,” she texts, following up with, “Have a great night. Love you.” So even if she evidently doesn’t trust her daughter completely, at least total love is there. That doesn’t, however, make the exchange any less hilarious.
What’s more, clearly the online world was in full agreement with Demmon’s tweet quickly going viral. No doubt a good few internet users were experiencing the laughter of recognition. Indeed, the tweet has since racked up almost 7,000 retweets and more than 27,000 likes, with hundreds of people weighing in to offer their reactions and cite similar examples of parental overkill.
In fact, the range of online responses that Demmon received to her tweet was fantastically broad. Social media denizens were lining up to sympathize with the teenager, share their own experiences of overprotective moms and even to slip in some criticism of the seemingly overly suspicious Steinkopf.
For instance, one Twitter user by the name of Cristine was particularly critical of Steinkopf’s overbearing parenting techniques. As she put it, “That’s crappy that your mom is like this.” And Cristine added, “The young woman drives… There’s a point in one’s life when you must trust your nearly adult teenager.”
Carla Mendez, on the other hand, countered with, “She loves you and protects you. She doesn’t need to trust you.” Opinions on Steinkopf’s style of parental policing were, then, split down the middle on Twitter. In fact, as with most things posted on the internet, there were further divisions, with pretty much everyone having an opinion one way or the other.
For example, there were plenty of people who simply found the entire exchange hilarious, describing it, for instance, as “relatable.” Clearly, then, there are plenty of other overprotective moms out there who exhibit the same behavior towards their daughters. One commented, “My mom does this even when I’m at my grandma’s house,” accompanied by a rolling-eye emoji.
And some responses illustrated the fact that growing up to full adulthood doesn’t necessarily mean you are out of the reach of a super-cautious parent, either. Kimmy, for example, wrote, “Just for the record, I’m 30, married and own my own home. I STILL get this stuff from my mom.”
It appears that not every mother/daughter relationship is the same, however. Twitter user Mary M responded by saying she’d just attempted the same line of interrogation with her daughter as Steinkopf had with Demmon. But the response this mother received in return evidently wasn’t quite as savory.
Meanwhile, another user by the handle Buzzkill Jill identified strongly with Demmon’s struggle and, in solidarity, posted one of her own text conversations with her mother. Yes, in response to her mom’s demands for proof that she wasn’t being “held hostage,” Jill sent back a picture of herself and her friend tied up.
When Demmon posted her original tweet, she had absolutely zero idea that it would prove so popular – with internet users around the world identifying with her plight. As she told Indian broadcaster NDTV, “It’s shocking. We had no clue it would get this big. I think my mom likes it more than me, though.”
With thousands of people engaging with Demmon’s dilemma on social media, then, it’s clear that this is indeed an issue that hits close to home for many. Either that, or they just find it hilarious that the teenager and her best friend would go to such extreme lengths to satisfy her mom’s desire for proof.
And whatever you think of the appropriateness or otherwise of Steinkopf’s demands, there’s no denying that Demmon totally delivered. So the next time you think your mom’s being a little too overbearing, just be glad that you don’t have to jump through as many hoops as Kaelyn Demmon did that night in July 2017.