Which of the following constitutes "bad" parenting?
- Failure to buy a toy for your child
- Sending a birthday card your child doesn't like
- Not including money in said birthday card
- Failing to take your child to a car show
- Telling your child to buckle her seatbelt or you'll notify police
- Haggling over a clothing allowance
- Enforcing curfew on Homecoming night
- Failing to send care packages to your child who is in college
What's that? You don't think any of the above actions qualifies as bad parenting? Well, I guess that's because you didn't see the birthday card. It had googly-eyed tomatoes on the front.
Tomatoes! With googly eyes! Oh, the horror!
Such horror, in fact, that two spoiled brats actually sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity, for emotional distress resulting from the above-mentioned instances of "bad" parenting.
I bet Ms. Garrity is wishing she had taken the opportunity to spank her children when she had the chance.
Leading the lawsuit with a self-satisfied smirk on his face, no doubt, was the adult childrens' father and erstwhile husband of Ms. Garrity, attorney Steven Miner.
The Cook County, Illinois judge who threw the case out of court said the frivolous lawsuit was nothing more than "children suing their mother for bad mothering." While I am glad the judge saw fit to toss the case out on its pathetic behind, I have to disagree with her. This isn't a case of children suing their mother for bad mothering, it's a case of children suing their mother for parenting.
You know, being a parent? Doing what parents do? Demanding a certain level of behavior and requiring that children be home by midnight?
These pathetic people should be ashamed of themselves. And the judge should have ruled that they pay their mother's legal expenses.
Also, that their mother should be allowed to spank them on their way out of court.
Although that would be too little, too late, I suppose.