I respect your opinion, but I strongly disagree. There are many ways to teach children life lessons so they will grow up to be responsible adults. I've heard of parents kicking their teens out of the house as a life lesson... and in some ways I could imagine that that would be productive, teaching independence and offers an opportunity to see just how much we really do rely on our parents. But kicking your child out of the country is just going way over board. It's inhuman and shows an act of negligence from the parents. Disipline is an important aspect in raising a child, but somehow the word "love" got lost somewhere in the mix. A parent should be the number one supporter in a child's life, after all the only real way we learn what exactly love is, is through our parents. As a future mom, I could never imagine leaving my child. I am disgusted by the actions of my mother. I don't have to beg for her "forgivness" or love. Do I have to "earn" the right to be able to live in the area where I grew up? To be able to see my little sister and build a relationship with her? To finish my education? Is that really the way you think???