June 20, 2011 at 3:52 AM (Horrible Parents)

I have always felt some people should never be parents. Over the last few months while watching and reading story after story of children who have died because of their parents I believe now more than ever you should have to obtain a license in order to become one. The other day I was watching the movie “Parenthood” and in this movie a very young Keanu Reeves turns to his mother in law and says “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”  He was absolutely right. Why should you need a license for everything else and not need one for the most important job of all? At the very least we should all be required to take classes on how to be good parents. We should learn the basics on what to do and what not to do when raising children. I realize for most this is common sense but unfortunately more and more people with no common sense whatsoever are having children these days and in the end the children are the ones paying the consequences.

In case you didn’t hear about it, back in April there was this woman named Lashanda Armstrong from Newburgh New York who decided to end it all by driving her car into the Hudson River. While committing suicide is never something you should do, this woman did not just commit suicide, she also committed murder. Earlier in the evening Lashanda got into a fight with her boyfriend. Then she made time to post one last status on Facebook saying “I’m so sorry everyone forgive me please for what I’m gonna do…. This Is It!!!!”. She then went and loaded her four kids, ages ranging from eleven months to ten years into her car and drove down to the river where she proceeded to drive her car off a pier right into the water. On her drive down she even told her children “You’re all going to die with me”. Miraculously her ten-year old son was able to make it out of the submerged car and swim to shore but Lashanda and her three other children all died that night. One of Lashanda’s neighbors was quoted as saying “she was such a good mom; she took care of her kids.” Really lady? I’m sorry but a “good” mom wouldn’t have wanted to commit suicide and abandon her children in the first place and a “good” mom who did commit suicide wouldn’t have taken her children with her to die. As far as I’m concerned she was a selfish horrible excuse for a human being and one of the worst mothers to have ever lived.

Then I see in the news the other day about a couple from Missouri who left their four-month old son home alone and their pet ferret chewed off most of his fingers. What is wrong with people? These people even lied to the cops about being home at the time. They were out, probably drinking, while their little baby was home being attacked by a ferret. Where is the common sense here? What makes it alright to leave your baby home alone? Have these people ever heard of a baby sitter? As for the ferret, reports say they had wanted to get rid of it because it had in fact bitten the child once before even though at the time of the incident the parents told the cops the ferret had never given them any problems. Why didn’t you get rid of the ferret and why would you leave your baby home alone with it when you knew it was dangerous?  Now this poor baby has to go through his life with half his fingers missing. I hope the parents rot in jail for a very long time and this sweet little boy gets the loving parents he deserves. This is yet another example among hundreds more as to why some people have no business being parents.

So what do you think? Should would-be-parents be required to get a license and at least prove they are going to be fit to raise a child? Should everyone be required to take some classes on common sense? Or do you think no matter what anyone does things like this are going to continue to happen because there is no getting rid of all the stupid people in this world?



  1. chuck said,

    Maybe there should be a psych eval or something to see if you’re sane or can handle stress. Sounds like most of these cases are people that aren’t really all there to begin with.

  2. Tom said,

    I don’t have much to say to this one, I agree not everybody should be parents.. but there should not be a law or have a permit to become a parent, too much work…. I say we live in America you are free to do what ya want… WE are not China and don’t have a law stating how many kids you can or can’t have! It is a shame for that kind of stuff to happen…. But on the other hand well written great persuasive piece… Just can’t agree on the whole permit thing though, Sorry!

  3. Maurice said,

    it would be very hard to pass such a law. There are too many bad parents out there but there are also very good ones. I’ve seen people who i thought were gonna be bad parents turn out to be good ones and vice versa. So there is no real fix to the problem but i think there should be an educational class that parents can take when they dont know what to do.

  4. amandajwallace said,

    I know it’s wishful thinking to hope for such a law but I do agree there should be classes on parenting. However, the truly bad parents who don’t give a crap will never even bother to take these classes. I know there are more good parents out there than bad parents, I just feel bad for the children of the horrible parents who do stuff like this.

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