- My children would not get soothers
- My children would not wear those backpack leashes in the malls
- My children would not co-sleep with me
- My children would not watch any TV
...and the list went on, and on, and on...
What I didn't anticipate prior to the creation of this list in my mind, was that parenting is not as much of a walk in the park as my non parent self thought it would be. And as a result, in various fits of often sleep deprived desperation, those carefully crafted lists went straight out the window.
Now, that said, I was, and continue to be mindful of a few things.
Being respectful - both to myself, my children, other people and property.
Being hygienic - this can be lumped in with the whole respectful bit, but I always tried to be conscientious of others by keeping my kids home when sick (for the most part), refraining from changing diapers when in blatantly public spaces, and doing my best to keep my kids grubby little paws off of food, surfaces, and any other mutually touched public items.
But beyond all else, I always try my best to make good choices, and impart that on my children.
Or was I?
I've seen a lot of crazy shit over the years, but this takes the cake.
Seriously parents? WTF? Chalk this up as another epic parenting fail and a vote in favour for the requirement to have licenses or mandatory classes in order to reproduce.
(incase you're too lazy to read the article, or this picture doesn't tell 1,000 words for you, this is a parent allowing their child to urinate into a garbage can in one of the largest malls in Richmond, BC)
What's your position? Is there any reason why this could be considered acceptable behaviour?