If I could get away with shouting this, I would. I'll lay off the caps though. The Mother posted a great article 'In Support of Madlyn Primoff' yesterday. I asked her if I could link to it and post with the same title. It would be absolutely awesome if blog posts with this title started showing up everywhere.
If you are thinking - who the heck is this Primoff lady? What are you talking about? Here are some examples of the LAME-ASS headlines from the last couple of days:
Mother Dumps Kids by Roadside.... ABC7.com
Bickering kids land mother in jail... TVNZ
Mom kicks bickering daughters out of car, drives away... Dayton Daily News
Madlyn Primoff kicks her children out of car, drives off... The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Madlyn Primoff Incident: When Parents Reach the End of Their Ropes... Wall Street Journal Blogs
Prominent lawyer busted for leaving kids... ABC7.com
Good gawd people! Really?
The Mother points out that we do not, I repeat, DO NOT, have all the details. The MEDIA has fed us whatever little nugget they think they have, blow up to whatever proportion they think will sell their papers/blogs/newscasts. Seriously, look at it as you should look at everything...what are they trying to sell me? This woman is being vilified all over the place with little to no facts released and more importantly NO STATEMENT FROM HER. Which probably won't happen because now she's a fucking criminal. ARGH.
Here is an excerpt from an article about the reaction to Ms. Primoff from Free Range Kids:
"...Naturally, I do not think that this mom handled her kids in a truly optimal way. But most of us have days when we don’t. That doesn’t make us criminal parents. It makes us human parents. And kids are built to live with humans, not Robo-Mama."
And most importantly, what I hope is addressed here is the culture of fear we are creating by listening and reacting to the media in a way that makes it near to impossible to get back to working as a community to be parents and raise independent and healthy children who know discipline and reap the benefits of parents who use it wisely.