The report of a mom who put out two bickering children to make them walk has made the news headlines. The first report I heard was that she had put her children out on the highway. During that same report it talked about the mom driving around the block before coming back to pick up the children.
Here’s the full report. Madlyn Primoff was arrested in White Plains for child endangerment after she put out her two daughters – ages 12 and 10 – for fighting in the car. Ms. Primoff and her mother (who was in the car as well) then drove around the block. By the time they arrived back in the same spot the two girls were gone.
The older girl had started walking towards home. The younger girl took ice cream from a “good Samaritan” who then called the police. The police took the 10 year old to the police station.
Be honest – have you ever found yourself in the same place as this mom? When my children were much younger than these two, I left them. I warned them that if they didn’t get in the car then I would leave them. They didn’t and I did. Granted, I only drove up the drive way to get the mail, but the one incident made its impression. My boys now knew that I would not say anything that I did not have the intention of backing up.
So – was the White Plains mom right in putting out her two children? Should have been arrested for it?