Thursday, May 10, 2012

Parents acting badly: children suffer humilation and drunken disregard for their safety

                Good Day Humboldt County!

Raising a child right is one of the most important things a parent can do. They need to be flexible, compassionate, fair at all times, but in charge until that magic age of 18 arrives. Above all they need to demonstrate love through their actions.

A child is raw material waiting to be molded and taught between right and wrong. Good parents protect their children. Sadly, there are too many examples in the news every day of parents acting badly towards their offspring.

In the news:  

“Police say a Minnesota mother and her husband shaved the head of her 12-year-old daughter, then forced the girl to run around in a diaper in public as punishment for a failing grade on her report card.”

Parental discipline is one thing, but intentional humiliation of a child is abuse no matter what.

“The child’s 38-year-old mother and the woman’s 34-year-old husband were charged on Wednesday with malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud with the Fridley Police Department. The offense is punishable up to a year in jail and or a $3,000 fine. is not identifying the family.

What is perhaps the most disturbing is that all the way up to the jail, the couple was laughing and joking, not believing they were involved in anything inappropriate," Monsrud said. "They questioned police involvement. They believed it was their decision as parents to discipline the girl." Monsrud said the girl and three other children in the family have been placed in foster care.” (News source)


From the Long Island Press

“Riding around in your dad’s car with the windows down is fun. Being tied to the hood of your father’s car while he drives home from the liquor store, not so fun.

An Indiana man, Aaron Stefanski, reportedly believed his children were enjoying being strapped to the top of his vehicle while he was driving home from the liquor store, according to the Journal Gazette.

Stefanski, 29, tied down his 4 and 5-year-old sons, his 6-year-old daughter and Jessica Clark’s 7-year-old daughter to the hood by using a tow strap, police said. Stefanski and his children, Clark and her daughter, were all riding together in the vehicle when the adults decided to make a pit stop at Belmont Beverage.

One of the liquor store workers called 911 when he noticed Stefanski strapping down four kids to the hood of a large white vehicle. Luckily for the children a U.S. Marshal was in the area and heard the dispatch. After spotting Stefanski’s car, the U.S. Marshal reportedly pulled him over.

Authorities who arrived at the scene alleged they smelt alcohol on Stefanski’s breath. They determined his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, the Journal Gazette reported. The father of three was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent, driving while intoxicated and criminal recklessness. Clark, 29, who is the mother of the oldest child involved in the incident, later told police that Stefanski might have not used the best judgment. She was also arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent.”

Not a news day passes without stories like this and much worse where children are killed by parents. Parenting is a challenge for adults and children. I think there’s more good parents than bad ones. I sure hope so.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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