Earlier, I’ve written about the now famous Hot Sauce Mom and her unusual disciplinary measures. Apparently that wasn’t enough for the universe. Now we have an even worse example of questionable parenting to contend with. Now we have “Boat Guy.”
How far can a parent go when disciplining their child? That question is now being asked in a trial that has been making the news this week. Jessica Beagley of Anchorage, Alaska has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse for the unconventional way she has been punishing her seven-year-old adopted son. These punishments have included putting hot sauce in the boy’s mouth, and making him stand in a freezing cold shower. The mother had previously submitted a home video of her doing these things to the Dr. Phil show, in an effort to get help. In the video, she was upset that the boy had gotten into trouble at school and then lied to her about it. Now prosecutors are saying that these punishments are not reasonable and are tantamount to child abuse.
They say all is fair in love and war. Many consider politics to be a battleground, so it’s “anything goes” in that arena. Nevertheless, some things are simply off limits. Unfortunately not everybody understands that. Fox News published a story on their website Wednesday that clearly crossed the line.
We all knew that our kids would one day have to deal with Internet trolling, but we didn’t think it would be from their teacher. A scary story in New Jersey is unfolding, as an unnamed first-grade teacher was suspended last week following complaints that she had posted negative comments about her students on Facebook. Allegedly, she had posted that she felt like a warden overseeing “future criminals.” Continue reading
Britain’s youngest ever alcoholic has been found. The AFP reported earlier this week that a three-year-old child was hospitalized for treatment regarding alcohol addiction. Patient confidentiality rules prohibit health officials from disclosing the youngster’s condition or identity. A National Health Service spokeswoman said:
“We treat alcohol abuse very seriously, and have specialist teams and experts on hand who are there to treat young patients with alcohol-related problems.”
This is one of those news reports that you wish were from The Onion, The Borowitz Report, or some like-minded satirical publication. Unfortunately, this one is all true. Not really something you want your child to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for. Continue reading