Teen Mows Lawns So That His Stepfather Can Adopt Him and His Brother | “He’s Always Been There for Us”

Teen Mows Lawns So That His Stepfather Can Adopt Him and His Brother | “He’s Always Been There for Us”

He wants to contribute towards the legal fees required for adoption.

A 14-year-old boy began a lawn care business not to buy a bike or a gadget, but to cover the legal fees of his and his brother's adoption by his stepfather. 

Tyce Pender's stepfather, Eric Jenkins, began dating his mother, Marcy in 2010, and four years later, proposed to her. Tyce cannot imagine his life without Eric. He told TODAY, "He's been a father figure to me since I was 2. He's always been there for us and helps me with anything I need like homework."



Two years after Eric and Marcy married, they considered Eric adopting Tyce and his brother, Tylee. They contacted a lawyer who has agreed to take up the case pro bono. Despite this, additional expected legal expenditures would cost the family several thousand dollars. However, the boys and their 14-year-old stepsister Tierrianna want their parents to legally adopt them.

Tyce said, "This is important because Eric teaches me respect, independence and what a man is supposed to be. If anything ever happens to my mom, Eric is who I'd want to live with." He continued, "Court is expensive. I thought I could make enough money to pay for the adoption."

Tyce recalls his 21-year-old brother, Jayden, mowing lawns as a youngster to earn money during summer. He told WLTX, "I used to cut grass with my oldest brother, and so I thought... I could just cut grasses." He requested his mother for a small business loan to get his venture off the ground.




Marcy bought him a $192 battery-powered lawnmower last month. He then turned to Facebook and asked the neighborhood if anyone wanted mowing services, and received over 100 responses. He added in the post, "I go to school during the week and I am available some afternoons and all day on Saturday and Sundays. I also have an electric leaf blower and a rake, too. I am wanting to make this into a business so I can have my own business but right now I am not bonded."

Marcy drove Tyce to his first customer, Sarah Larrabee's house and waited in the car for him to finish. Tyce recalled, "At first, I was pretty intimated. But her yard wasn't that big." He finished his job in one hour and his mom was extremely proud of him. She told the outlet, "t went so well, he was such a sweet kid, so polite and like, just so happy to be there and excited to have his first job, and it was just so sweet."




The adolescent has mowed around 16 yards. Tyce does not have an official pricing list and prefers to negotiate a reasonable rate with consumers. He made $400 by working after school and on weekends. Tyce says he aims to maintain running his lawn care business until he graduates from high school, and he hopes to gather enough money for a specific goal during that time. He recently received his business license from The City Of Cayce. He announced the news on Facebook with a picture of his family. 

Marcy said, "I'm glad that he wanted to do this and even if he really doesn't make anything it's good for him...We're very proud of Tyce and he tries really hard and he's got  so many goals." Eric is also extremely proud of Tyce, he expressed his pride, "Caring for Tyce is my job. His heart is in the right place." Eric stated that Marcy and he will finance the majority of the adoption fees.






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