Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Will Your Kids Sue You?

Have you heard about Kimberly Garrity? Me neither until just a short while ago! She’s an everyday mom who recently got sued by her two adult children for emotional distress. Now, y’all know as a staff member of Peas In Their Pods, I read stories daily about bad parenting. But this is different. Let me share…

The siblings were raised in a $1.5 million home by their father, and alleged that their mother was a horrible parent because she “failed to send money for birthdays, called her daughter home early from homecoming (If midnight is considered early in your book), and threatened to call the police on her son, then 7, if he didn't buckle up in the car.” Her son also accused her of once smacking him on the head, and says that he still suffers from headaches. Oh….and there is also the complaint that Kimberly did not buy her daughter a homecoming dress.

One of the exhibits presented to the court was a birthday card that Kimberly sent to her son. Inside it read, "Son I got you this Birthday card because it's just like you ? Different from all the rest! Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo." The "evidence" was presented by the plaintiffs to prove how “inappropriate” their mom had been because the card did not include cash or a check. (I promise I’m not making this up!)

What’s worse than the travesty of having her children accuse her of such silliness…the fact that her ex-husband (Steven Miner) and children’s father served as their lawyer. Kimberly and Steven divorced in 1995. Clearly, Steven needs to find a hobby. Not surprisingly, the Illinois appeals court dismissed the case, ruling that Kimberly’s behavior wasn't "extreme or outrageous."

Well, Parenting Pundits, since suing parents for crazy things seems to be in style, I figure I’d help my kids out by starting a laundry list of things they might be able to sue me for in the future:

1. Setting a firm bedtime….EVERY NIGHT!

2. Expecting that homework is done to completion…..EVERY NIGHT!

3. Showing up to EVERY parent teacher conference….EVERY SEMESTER!

4. Expecting that they treat others as they want to be treated…EVERY DAY!

5. Not buying every material item they want but picking some…IF THEIR BEHAVIOR ALLOWS!!!

6. Making them clean their rooms…and ANY OTHER ROOM FOR THAT MATTER!!!

7. Expecting that they eat something green…EVERY DAY:)


8. Kissing and hugging them as often as I am inclined….EVERY HOUR!

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