Tiktok Mom Said kids don't Owe their Parent Anything

Lisa Pontius is a 33-year-old stay-at-home mom from Charleston, South Carolina who often shares her parenting perspectives on TikTok.

Recently, Lisa went viral for sharing a TikTok with the banner "Kids Don't Owe Their Parents Anything" that quickly gained over 5 million views:

In the video, Lisa responds to commenters who previously criticized her for setting boundaries with her own mother and said that she should be "grateful" for everything her mother's done for her.

She says, "Children don't owe their parents a certain kind of relationship, and depending on the parent, they might not owe them respect, either" once the child becomes an adult.

"It's a parent's job to provide for their children. It's a responsibility. Not everyone rises to the occasion, but that's like the bare minimum, taking care of your kid's physical and financial needs.

The level above that is their emotional needs, which good parents do, but all of that is not a contingent relationship. You're not loving and providing for your children with the expectation that they will blindly obey and do whatever you say as adults."

Lisa then closes out the video by explaining that children are "people" and that they "don't owe you shit because you took care of them."

Thousands of people flooded the comment section on Lisa's video to agree with her, and also to express how they feel that many parents (the older generations, especially) don't really see it this way.