Call me judgmental, but I think there’s a larger problem here:
(via Yahoo! News) – “…Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman’s 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to dial 911 a total of 15 times last month.
Village of Lowville Police Officer Matthew Martin says the 23-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend told him they tried to keep their phones away from the persistent toddler, but the girl kept getting them and dialing 911.
(Officer Martin) charged the couple the next day with obstructing governmental administration…”
As the father of two (now teenage) boys, I gotta ask: fifteen times? Fifteen? Am I the only one who’s trying to figure out how this is even possible??
Now, to me the most probable explanation is that someone else dialed 911, and the mother or the boyfriend simply blamed it on the kid. Fine. Stupid and ridiculous, sure, but at least that makes some sort of sense.
But what about if the child DID do it? This is a toddler, for cryin’ out loud.
Two. Years. Old.
If Mom is incapable of preventing her infant from finding and using her cellphone fifteen times, …where exactly is this woman “hiding” it? In the kid’s crib? Next to her Sippy Cup®, perhaps? Or maybe it was surreptitiously tucked into her onesie (…hey, she’ll never think to look there!!).
Or did this potential Mother-Of-The-Year finalist keep handing the little tyke her phone with a stern warning: “Okay, honey, now remember: you may call for pizza, or to check for movie listings, but that’s all…”
And what does this portend for the future, when the kid isn’t only thirty inches tall? Can’t you just hear the next batch of excuses?
“…Golly, officer, we TRIED to keep her from setting fire to the neighbor’s homes. The little scamp seems to be able to find the matches and the lighter fluid even when they’re NOT in her room, and you know how headstrong kids are these days…”
“…Whaaaat? I apologize, officer. No, I have no idea how she ended up with my car, or how she managed to make it all the way to Albuquerque. She’s only eight, sir. Honestly, I was unaware she even knew HOW to drive a stick-shift…”
I have only two suggestions:
- If you live near these folks, I’d consider moving. Now.
- And if you EVER hear about this woman teaching a Parenting “How-To” class, …skip it.