Few things make me angrier than bad parenting. The sheer laziness, selfishness and self-absorption of these “parents” should earn them a ticket out of civilized society. On a strictly intellectual level, they are abandoning their duty to society to help protect the future by raising loving responsible citizens. I’m not saying their poor neglected children are automatically doomed; they may be saved by some other caring individuals or even by their own resilient spirit. Some of these children survive and thrive despite their lousy parents. On a human level, I can’t even understand how anything can take precedence over one’s children. It is embedded in our nature to want to care and protect our young. People that lack this are very sick individuals.
There are different degrees of bad parenting. I see many parents that take the initially easy route and try to be their kids’ friend instead of getting tough and being parents. There seems to be a lot of these parents. They don’t want to discipline their kids because they’re afraid their children won’t “like” them. They don’t want to act their age and enforce rules that will help their kids grow up responsibly and they give in to their kids’ tantrums because they don’t want to hear them scream. These parents usually end up with mouthy bratty kids who feel they are entitled to everything.
On the other end of the bad parenting spectrum, there is the actual child abuser. These people are truly sick individuals who should be behind bars in most cases. Evil has taken hold of their entire being until they are not even human anymore. Anyone that can molest, intentionally injure or abuse a child, anyone’s child, is a sociopath that is capable of any evil and should not be allowed to roam free.
Then there are varying degrees of lazy parents. Some are too caught up in their own pursuit of money, status, or popularity to spend quality time with their children. Others allow some addiction to take control of their lives, leaving their kids to fend for themselves. One of the worst examples was on Dr. Phil yesterday. This weak piece of shit knowingly allowed her daughter to be molested by her husband for years.
A mother (or father) who allows their child to be abused or molested by their spouse is every bit as disgusting as the abuser. This creepy “mother” was just like another enabler I saw on another show. They KNOW their child is being abused, but they CHOOSE their “man” over their own flesh and blood. They make excuses for the pervert, and even blame the child (who, by the way, in both of these instances were mere babies when the abuse started). They don’t want to endanger their own economic security and so sacrifice their child’s very life and well-being to some monster’s perversions. The abuser has no sense of right and wrong and no conscience. The enabling parent has no soul.