Mother Calmly Answers Phone After Screaming at Children


Ashlyn Dodson, Staff Writer

“Hello, Pam,” said Debra Smith sweetly into the phone, giving her children the classic “one word and I’ll slap you” look.

A moment before, she and her sons, Sam and Alex, had been locked in an estimated 95 decibel yelling battle over the boys’ refusal to attend soccer practice.

“The moment she answered the phone, she just… snapped,” 14-year-old Alex said. “It’s actually kind of amazing, how quickly she can go from screaming at the top of her lungs to a casual conversation.”

Debra reportedly spoke with fellow PTA member Pam Lyndhurst for three minutes before resuming the yelling match.

According to the Smith brothers, this isn’t the first time an incident like this has occurred.

Just last week, say Sam and Alex, after shouting about how “no one in [that] house helps [her],” their mother calmly answered a call from sister Julie Knighting, who phoned to let Debra know that her triplets all got full-ride scholarships to Ivy League universities, and that she was praying for Debra’s boys.

The screaming match ultimately resulted in a compromise on both sides. Sam and Alex agreed to go to soccer practice, but only when Debra promised to take them to Chick-fil-A afterward.