Easter Is Canceled

Here is another one for the Parent’s Acting Poorly history book. Personally it looks cut-n-dry, yet I will present it as unbiased as possible.

This event involves:

5 kids (teenagers) and their parents

1 host child and their host parent

An Easter Egg hunt was set-up by the host child, at their grandparents house, with the 5 teenagers invited, on Easter Sunday. The afternoon would be spent at the grandparents ranch hunting eggs.

This group of kids are all friends and have been for several years on into high school. They do not smoke, drink or do anything else illegal. They are into good grades, homework and each other.

The morning of Easter Sunday the host child contacted the other teenagers to tell them that the day was canceled. The host child’s parent had become angry with the host child for not finishing their dinner the night before. To punish the child the host parent canceled the Easter Egg Hunt for them.

Some of the teenagers parents became irritated with the host parent for choosing to cancel at the last minute and for punishing their child whilst in the process of punishing their own. It was suggested another form of punishment be used so all the kids wouldn’t be punished. At that late of notice it would be difficult to pull together an alternative Easter event for the teenagers.

The host parent would not change their mind and insisted it was the host child’s fault that this punishment was issued. The teenagers didn’t have time to set-up something else and stayed at home and salvaged their Easter.

I’m sorry, but I gotta say, my opinion…..how rude of the host parent! The kids must have been looking forward to the Easter Egg Hunt and for that parent to just rip it out from under them, and at the last minute! Not good.

But we need to hear what you think! Majority rules, right!

The host parent was well within their rights to cancel, but was it appropriate?

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Moved Just Down The Street

A divorce was impending and tempers were heating up.  One person, we’ll call Parent #1, wanted a divorce due to abuse and a horribly intrusive mother in law.  The other person Parent #2 did not want the divorce and tried to hide actions the mother in law was doing against Parent #1.

Parent #1 moved two hours away.  Parent #1 was relieved of the abuse and harassment by mother in law.  Parent #2 was not happy about the distant relocation of Parent #1 and made many disparaging comments about the town Parent #1 had moved to.

Parent #2 would make private innuendo’s to Parent #1 about getting back together and how they never wanted this.

Time passed.  As a matter of fact ten years passed.  A vacation that both Parent #1 and #2 took for the children invoked strong feelings from Parent #2 in which they were acted on.  After the vacation they went their separate ways although Parent #2 wasn’t happy about it.

One year later Parent #2 sold the home and received good equity from it.  So location to move to was of no issue there was plenty of money to go anywhere.  Parent #2 bought a home down the street from Parent #1.

After ten years of living at a specific address Parent #1 immediately (within 30 days) moved away when Parent #2 moved down the street.

The children know of the abuse Parent #1 endured.  They know Parent #1 moved far away to get away from Parent #2 (By the way Parent #2 also knew it was to get away).  The children act like everything is perfectly normal. That moving down the street doesn’t seem odd. They feel Parent #1 was acting rash to immediately move away.

What do you think?

Are the children acting naive to say there's nothing odd about the move down the street?

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BB To The Chest

Have you ever had a BB shot at you? How about a BB to the chest?  Have you ever felt that?  Personally, it happened to me once, but not to my chest. I still have the scar on my leg from it.  I was about nine years old, I was walking from the garage, down the driveway, headed for the door to the house.I heard a “ting!” and then felt the bite of the BB.  I’m not certain how I found out, but somehow I learned, later, that it was a BB shot by the teenage neighbor, and it ricocheted off the can they were aiming at and hit my leg.  The odds were pretty slim that a BB shot by the neighbor would ricochet off their target, slip through the fence slats, and strike me, who just happened to be walking by at that very moment.  But it did, and it hurt!

The teenage neighbor shouldn’t have been playing with a BB gun by himself in the yard, but he was.  I don’t see it as his fault really.  As adults we are supposed to supervise our children on the proper use of toys.  Being a toy firearm, or a real gun.  We have the responsibility to teach our children the proper use and handling of such.  When they grow up, then they can pass that knowledge to their children, and so on.   But what if that person handling the BB gun IS the adult?  What happens when an adult  is clueless to proper care and handling of a firearm? That’s what happened in this next, Parent’s Acting Poorly scenario…

It was a Christmas gift for the 9-year-old boy, from parent #1’s parents (from grandma and grandpa).  The three of them took it into the yard with a coffee can for a target.  The 6-year-old little sister followed them outside as well.

The 9-year-old took a few shots at the coffee can.  When his 6-year-old sister wandered near the target he warned her to get away from it.  She did, and he fired off a few more shots, missing the target coffee can.

That’s when grandpa decided to show him how to shoot the target.  Grandpa, ignoring the 6-year-old approaching the coffee can target again, shot at it. The BB ricocheted off the can and nailed the 6-year-old in the chest.  As you can imagine, the tears were pouring from the 6 yr old, a bright red dot formed on the her chest.

The children were returned to Parent #2 without a word said about the BB hitting the 6-year-old.  Parent #2, preparing the 6 yr old for bed, noticed the bright red spot in the middle of her chest.  The child explained what had happened.  The 9 yr old boy concurred with her story.

Was this irresponsibility by the grandparent to have the 6-year-old out there with them shooting?  Should they have made the 6 yr old go inside?  Should any one of them mentioned to Parent #2  that this incident had occurred?  Let your opinion be known with the polls below!

Should any one of them, Parent #1, or the grandparents, have informed Parent #2 about the incident?

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Should children be given guns at a young age? (Irregardless of type)

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New Significant Other

Here we go with another scenario of interest.  As I said before I will make this as gender non-specific as possible except for the children.  This scenario involves a new significant other…

There are two children, an 8 yr old girl, and a 14 yr old girl.  They are both visiting parent #1.  Parent #1 has a new significant other in their life. This significant other does not seem to get along with the 14 yr old girl, but gets along fine with the 8 yr old girl.

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Left Outside

This post, Left Outside, will be the first of what may turn into many posts about Parents Acting Poorly. I saved many scenario’s that friends related to me, situations I’ve read about and some are from personal knowledge. What I’m hoping to achieve here is an audience opinion of proper parental etiquette. A dump blog is not what this is intended for. I understand situations can be very upsetting for a parent, but this is not the place for blowing off steam.  This is for learning from our mistakes, and learning who’s mistake, ethically, it was. Kind of a self-healing thing. Discover who was probably, ethically at fault, and if that turns out to be you, learn and grow from that. If you were right, try not to gloat too much.

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