Have your kids ever hurled an "I hate you Mom!" your way when you corrected their behavior...or denied them desert?
Great Barrington, Illinois siblings Steven A. Miner, 23, and Kathryn Miner, 20,were so sure that their mom, Kimberly Garrity, was worthy of contempt that they sued her for bad parenting. Their evidence: in the years following Garrity's divorce from their dad, she "sometimes didn’t include gifts in cards sent to her children; played favorites with her children; told her son, then 7, during a car ride that she would take him to the police station if he didn’t buckle his seat belt...and refused to buy Kathryn a homecoming dress."
You may be relieved to hear, as we were, that the First District Appellate Court of Illinois did not deem Garrity's parenting oversights to be worthy of a lawsuit, but rather "behavior that is ... sometimes less than generous or fully sensitive to the material and emotional needs of her children."
Can you parent well without ever making your kids hate you?