Having trouble with your rebellious teenage kid? Maybe discipline and punishments don't work, but according to this one mom, cigarettes work wonders:
Teenager Sam Holt's behaviour would leave most parents in despair - drinking, smoking, taking drugs and having sex. But the 13-year-old's mother thinks it is 'sweet' rather than shocking.
Tracy Holt even rewards her daughter with cigarettes on the rare occasions when she does behave.
Miss Holt, 43, knows Sam drinks but is just relieved that it's not more than a couple of cans of lager a night. And she decided not to get angry about her daughter losing her virginity at 12, instead insisting that Sam uses contraception.
Miss Holt, a jobless single mother with two other adult children, told Closer magazine: '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. 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.'
I'm guessing that she's probably not in the running for "Mom of the Year" Award: Link
I can just picture little Sam talking like Vicky Pollard. :-)