I’m sure most of you have heard about the New York mother, Madlyn Primoff , who told her two daughters , 12 and 10, to get out of the car when they were fighting on the way home. Somehow the 12-year-old talked her way back into the car, but the 10-year-old was left crying and roaming the streets. When the mother went to pick the child up at the police station, she was arrested and later arraigned on one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and released on minimal bail.
Primoff is a lawyer and partner in the Business Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group at the firm and has clients such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo, the firm’s Web site said.
(Total side note: Do you remember in the first season of “Desperate Housewives” when Lynette threw those crazy triplets out of her minivan?)
While, I think we can all agree it was not a great idea to drive home and leave your child on the side of the road, I can definitely relate to being angry and frustrated with my children’s behavior while I’m driving.
I have my most trouble in the car when we’re coming home from school of religion. It’s held on a weeknight and we’re usually driving home around 8:30 p.m. They’re tired, cranky and generally wound up. Rose especially makes me nuts with this excruciatingly loud and pointless whooping yell. Despite being locked into a booster seat, she also likes to aggravate Walsh by kicking his seat from behind. (We had to change our seat assignments due to the kicking.)
I can understand this mom’s frustration with the empty threat of I’m going to pull over and … what do what??? I can understand why she wanted to do it. Would it have been OK if she had just gone a little ways down the street? Would staying in eyeshot have made any impact on her children’s behavior?
So what do YOU think:
Have you been frustrated by your kids’ behavior while you are driving?
What is your normal course of action when they are being bad and you’re driving?
Should the mom have left the kids by the side of the road?
How far could she have driven to make a point without getting into trouble?
Have you ever threatened to leave your kids by the side of the road? Did you ever do it?
Should she be charged and prosecuted for doing this?
Is she a “bad mommy” for doing this?
Is it worth a fine? Is it worth jail time? Is it worth probation?
Everyone talks about parents being tougher on kids, why was this so wrong?
Do you think her kids will ever misbehave in the car again?