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Issac Bailey blog | The joys of parenting: Man arrested after 8-year-old skips church to go play

Issac Bailey, The Sun News   Photo by Steve Jessmore
Issac Bailey, The Sun News Photo by Steve Jessmore

Parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do, and probably always will be. You can think things through, be active and still have things go wrong. And sometimes you can screw up and have the kids turn out alright any way.

That’s why I am in favor of some sort of parenting training. We are required to learn about the rules of the road – and how to drive – before we are handed a driver’s license. Maybe there’s a way to incentivize expectant and young (and some older) parents to commit to some parenting education courses, given the importance of child-rearing.

While we are at it, maybe we can rethink how we unfairly and harshly judge parents based on incomplete information and sometimes jail parents for being less than perfect you know, like we all are.

I touched on this theme a bit this past weekend: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/06/28/4320818/issac-bailey-parenting-is-no-walk.html

Since then, I’ve come across a few other interesting parenting stories.

In a story of over-protective overkill, a man was arrested because his 8-year-old son walked to a store four blocks away instead of getting on the church bus with his siblings: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/warren-county/blanchester/jeffrey-williamson-dad-arrested-after-son-8-skips-church-to-play

In what was not over-protective overkill, a man left his six-month-old in a hot car while he shopped. Leaving a sleeping kid in a car when temperatures are not outrageous to run into the store for 5 minutes is not a horrible thing. According to this report, this man stepped way outside those bounds: http://www.wcvb.com/news/groton-man-charged-with-leaving-baby-in-hot-car/26758134?absolute=true&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=wcvb#!7dyMm

Lastly, parenting is hard and confusing and tough, but also fun and funny. Here are 26 great examples of that truth: http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/children-are-terrifying