I admit, I make my share of parenting mistakes. I sometimes question my own judgment and parenting decisions and yes, even anguish over did I do the right things, say the right thing or act the right way. Don’t all parents? Well, maybe not all as this week’s round up in the news doesn’t have a whole lot of good news about parenting to share.
Is hot sauce the new “I’ll wash your mouth out with soap?” It is for some parents, like “Survivor” and former child star from ‘The Facts of Life” Lisa Whelchel is an advocate for hotsaucing, talking about using hot sauce as a method of discipline in her book “Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline.” However, this Utah mom allegedly took hot saucing one step further, pouring it into her child’s eyes as a method of discipline. According to the ABC News report “This is not discipline that any child should have to go through,” West Valley Police Sgt. Jason Hauer said. “It’s definitely abuse.” However grandma says that it’s part of an on-going custody disagreement and an effort to discredit this parent. Investigators can find no sign of a custody battle.
Would you hot sauce?
From this CNN article, Depression and anxiety live everywhere. One in every 10 Americans reports being depressed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S.”
“Depression…can have serious biological, psychological, behavioral, and social consequences, especially on children who rely on a parent for caregiving, support, and nurturance,” according to “Depression in Parents, Parenting and Children,” published in 2009 by the National Research Council.
One mom admits to using anti-depressants, only to decide to stop and try to find other ways of controlling her depression. Her new drug of choice has been five minutes in the laundry room. (I know I have taken a time out on more than one occassion). I admire these parents that were able to share so openly their desire and techniques for dealing with depression. It take a lot of courage, because parenting skills and your coping mechanisms easily come under attack.
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No. 1 deadbeat parent pleads guilty to owing $1.2 million
Two failed marriages + three children + unpaid child support = $1.2 million unpaid child support . . . enough said.
At least he plead guilty and wants to make resititution after fleeing the country to live in Thailand and the Philipines to avoid paying support.
These stories are sometimes the saddest of all. Apparently the father was suffering from depression and financial worries. The 11 year old son Stefan and the father (Carlos) are dead as a result of gun shot wounds. The mother (Michelle) and teen daughter are in critical condition in the hospital.