If driving on the highway you saw a little girl on the back of a motorcycle, what would you think?
Regardless of your answer, Mallory Torres, mother of the 7-year-old girl in the above photo, has a lot to say on the subject of allowing her little girl to ride on the back of a bike. "Yes. She's 7, and she's on a motorcycle. 'Why?' Some of you may ask. Because I love my daughter. That's right. I LOVE MY DAUGHTER and she loves to ride, so I allow her to ride on the back of a motorcycle in full gear with my boyfriend who has 20+ years of experience."
In a post to Facebook, Torres goes on to list the number of things that could put a child in danger that other parents allow their children to participate in every day — such as sports and being the passenger in vehicles — and expresses her frustrations at being called a "bad parent" for allowing her daughter to have this experience.
We've been called "bad parents" for allowing her to ride. Bad parents??? . . . Our children are fed, they are happy, they are healthy, they are up to date on all of their shots and healthcare visits, they are punished when they misbehave and they are praised when they do good. . . . We do not leave them locked inside of hot cars. We do not abuse our kids (physically, verbally or emotionally), we do not leave them in the care of strangers and RARELY even leave them in the care of a babysitter for a few hours. WE ARE GREAT PARENTS. If you want to keep your child in a bubble, by all means go for it. If you wouldn't allow your child on the back of a motorcycle, then don't, that's your choice as a parent and I support you. But do not call us bad parents because we don't lock our kids in their bedroom with iPads and cell phones. Don't call us bad parents for allowing our children to experience LIVING.
Read Torres's full post above.