A mum faced criticism after she sent her “rude” daughter up to bed without dinner.

The medical worker took to Reddit to explain the punishment was a result of the nine-year-old child Evelyn saying “insulting things out of the blue”.

She explained: “Tonight I got home from work early and decided to cook dinner and let my husband sleep in (he works nights and usually cooks dinner due to our schedules).

“I made beef stew from scratch. Nothing fancy, but we all enjoy it. I seasoned it as I always do, with salt, pepper, thyme, and a bay leaf.

“I felt good about cooking for my family, and didn’t even take the time to change out of my work scrubs before I began.

“My husband woke up to the smell of stew cooking, and he was so happy about the surprise. Evelyn even said it smelled good.”

She continued: “Then we began to eat. It was good, tasted just like always. My husband complimented it.

“Then Evelyn chimed in. ‘No offence Mum, but this stew is really bitter. Maybe next time only use half a bay leaf.’

“I stared at her for a good 10 seconds, my jaw on the floor. I had just worked a 12 hour shift at the hospital and come home to cook her dinner from scratch, only to have her insult my cooking.

“I honestly wasn’t sure how to react. I was hurt and angry, but I don’t like to raise my voice, and just talking to her about these statements in the past hasn’t changed her behaviour…

“When I was finally able to respond, I quietly said, ‘If you don’t like the stew, you don’t have to eat it. Please take your bowl to the kitchen and get in the bath. You may eat breakfast in the morning.’”

The husband thought the punishment was too harsh

After the mum dished out the punishment, her husband told her it was a bit too harsh.

The parent added: “She’s sobbing in her room about how unfair I am, and my husband thinks maybe I went too far.

“I was hoping that maybe the discomfort of going hungry for one night will remind her to watch her words in the future.

“I don’t know how else to get through to her that words can cut deeper than any hunger pangs.

“Taking away the meal she insulted seemed like a fitting way to help her understand, but did I go too far? Am I the a***hole?”

The post garnered 2,400 upvotes – and the majority of responders slammed the mum for using food as punishment.

One responder wrote: “Do not use food as punishment or reward.

“Sustenance is a requirement not a privilege. You’re the a***hole for how you chose to correct this.”

Another agreed: “I find it disgusting that someone who works in the medical field would do such a thing. Sure hope they are not a medical ‘professional’ in my town.”

And a third added: “You’re the a***hole. Is your daughter not allowed to have opinions or preferences?”

After reading through all the comments, the mum had a change of heart.

She returned to the forum to add: “I had a long talk with Evelyn when I got home tonight.

“I told her I shouldn’t have sent her to bed without dinner, and I apologised and asked for her forgiveness…

“After a very long and loving, gentle conversation, I think the real root of the problem is that she’s having trouble adjusting to my long hours while I’m working double shifts and finishing up school.

“I think she was trying to get my attention, one way or another.

“Moving forward I told her I’m going to try to give her the positive attention she needs before she feels like she has to resort to getting negative attention. And we agreed we will try to give each other grace through the process.

“Our relationship is intact, and hopefully will grow stronger as she watches me learn from my mistakes.”