As parents, it may be easy to relate to the frustration that is felt when kids don't respond to certain disciplines the way you feel they should. So many parents struggle with problem kids, and at some point they may even find themselves losing the battle and left not knowing what to do to resolve problems.
A lot of these stories are told on shows like the new “Beyond Scared Straight,” where parents agree to let their kids tour the prison system and shown what the outcome can be if they don't turn their lives around and change some of their behaviors. But what happens when parents decide to take full control of the situation by doing the only thing left they can think of?
Within the course of a few days, two teens have turned up dead and one wounded; all by their mothers who were fed up with their alleged unacceptable behaviors.
In Atlanta one mother was arrested after she ran over her son for ignoring her wishes (read about it here), and in Tampa Bay police say, another mom shot her son, 13, twice in the head on the way home from soccer practice, then drove home, parked, went upstairs, and shot her 16-year-old daughter as she sat at her computer doing homework. Her reason? They constantly talked back and she was tired of it. (read about it here)
I'm sure you've heard the saying “I brought you in this world, and I'll take you out,” but is that really any kind of way to think? Or is that just a sign that parents who have that sort of “mentality” have simply given up and lost control, or maybe have always had underlying issues themselves that have never been resolved?
The story of the late Marvin Gaye being killed by the hands of his own dad is a great example of how some parents feel they have the right to take their child's life. (read it here)
Sure, it might be easy for someone who doesn't have any kids to bash a persons parenting tactics, and it might even be easy for a parent who doesn't have problem kids to criticize a parenting situation they have no experience with. However, the real debate is whether or not these parents who harm their kids have always been mentally challenged, or did they become that way during the process of trying to raise difficult kids and turn them into responsible adults? I'm sure every situation is not the same, but somewhere there has to be a connection and a question of some sort of stability.