Crazypants Police Parenting Set to Over 9000
It's happened again. I shouldn't be surprised by it, but it's happened again.
Lenore Skenazy, the person who jokingly calls herself the "World's Worst Parent," documents the story of a Florida family who were arrested for neglect and had their children thrown into state custody after one of the children played basketball in their own front lawn for 90 minutes while the family rushed to get home.
These parents had to deal with the nightmare of their children being in foster care and living with relatives who made them eat cereal for a week--nothing else--and they're still fighting a charge of child neglect in court. Just because they had their child playing in their yard unsupervised for ninety minutes.
This is becoming more and more prevalent in our society, and we need a method for fighting back when people decide to butt their collective noses in on how people parent their children. Yes, there are real instances of child abuse and neglect, and yes, we need to protect children in those cases from severe, irreparable harm. This is not how you do it.
From the mother--"Cindy"--we find out just how looney tunes this entire matter got:
"The authorities claim he had no access to water or shelter. We have an open shed in the back yard and 2 working sinks and 2 hoses. They said he had no food. He ate his snacks already. He had no bathroom, but the responding officer found our yard good enough to relieve himself in while our son sat in a police car alone."
How much farther do we have to get before we fight back over stuff like this? We have officially crossed the line when a cop comes to a child's house, places him or her in a cop car, and then leaves the child there while relieving himself in the front yard of the child's own home before carting him to Child Protective Services and then ruining a family's life.
If this doesn't give you a good idea of how "police parenting" has gotten out of control then I don't know what will. If this doesn't show you how badly the government has invaded our respective lives then I don't know what will. If this doesn't prove to you that those who claim an interest in the good of your children's lives are simply there to take away that which you hold most dear then I don't know what will.
This system is broken badly, and we need to make this kind of crap stop now. Parents, fight for your rights. Fight for your children. Otherwise this kind of story will happen more and more.