Generally speaking, I'm not at all opinionated on this blog--but watch out, here it comes...
Does anyone recognize that woman to the right? Her name is Madlyn Primoff. She's an attorney at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, she lives in an extremely hoity-toity New York Suburb, and from the state of her hair and makeup, you can probably gather that yes, this woman is most definitely a mother.
Poor Madlyn Primoff.
This week she was arrested for--get this--pulling her car to the side of the road, tossing her incessantly bickering 10 and 12-year-old daughters onto the sidewalk, and insisting that they walk to their destination.
Dude, where's this woman's cape? She's totally my hero.
But seriously, poor Madlyn Primoff. She's been charged with child endangerment, and in my humble opinion, that plain old sucks. I mean, definitely if the girls were 4 and 6, or maybe 6 and 8, but 10 and 12? I spent every weekend babysitting when I was 12, which means I was parading around my similar suburban town, smacking my bazooka bubble gum, with other peoples' kids in tow.
I also walked home from school before I turned 10, I would ride my bike to the grocery store for my mother before I turned 11, and by the time I turned 12, I was sitting on the stools at Friendly's ordering a plate of cheesy waffle fries, paying my tab in nickles and dimes.
Honestly now, a 10 and 12-year-old can't walk one block through suburbia while their mother waits around the corner in her mini-van mapping out her "I TOLD YOU I'D DO IT!" speech?! There's a far greater risk in letting your tweens browse the internet unsupervised for thirty seconds than there is in letting them hoof it for a couple hundred yards!
In my humble opinion, this story is total and complete bullshiz.
Let's find the parents who drive drunk with their kids in the car, or use drugs in the home, or watch smut in front of their toddlers. Let's find them and charge them with child endangerment. But the parent who lets their tween walk home from school? Yeah, let's leave them out of it.
I'm not an idiot. I know full well that the world can be a scary, threatening, and dangerous place for children. I know that we need to do everything we can to protect our kids from what's out there. And I kid you not, I can tell you, from the list tucked away in my planner, the name and address of every convicted sex offender who lives within a five mile radius of my house. So yes, protecting my child is my priority.
But in this case, I'm totally, completely, 100% on Madlyn's side.
And seriously, where can I mail the "YOU GO GIRL!" t-shirt that I bought for her this morning?
Sooooo...what do you think?
(I'll be hiding under my desk now...)