Parenting Fails Make Me Want to Hug My Kids

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had moments of parenting fails. Anyone who has never committed parenting fails is either lying… or isn’t a parent. Sometimes, though, I see things while reading the news that are so heinous that it just makes me want to go hug my children.

The parents who starved their twins. The toddler who died from falling in a septic tank. That woman who glued her daughter’s hands to a wall over a potty training accident because she had a rough day. It just astonishes me. Some of these cases of abuse aren’t a reactionary thing, like hitting after a parent loses his or her temper from being hurt. Starvation is a systematic process that takes time and concentrated effort. Gluing a child’s hands to the wall with a tube of Superglue isn’t a split second response, either.

I don’t get it. And I probably shouldn’t read this stuff late at night. As much as I want to run to their rooms and gather them up in hugs, I don’t want to wake them up. I especially don’t want to wake them in an effort to make myself feel better after reading the news.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. This is very sad… 🙁 It made me appreciate that my little has me and that I have him. You’re right supergluing the kid to the wall is not the end of the world!

    • No, it’s right up there. I’m just floored that someone would choose to do something like that. That’s not a split second response. At some point between yelling at her kid, getting the superglue, and applying her daughter’s hands to the wall, she should have figured out that something is wrong and she was the one who needed the time-out.

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