I should go ahead an apologize to the moms right now: I’m sorry this week’s posts are so anti-female. I do realize the Bad Guy can be of either gender.
That being said, the next inflammatory remark I’d like to comment on is this one:
“[Mom] was willing to let [Dad] have [child] every other weekend, but that wasn’t good enough for him. [Dad] is making it an ugly divorce because he won’t agree and now they’ll probably end up in court.”
Like I said yesterday, divorce does not grant either parent the title of “Dictator”. So why does Mom think the custody arrangement is up to her? Who is she to say how much time Dad is “allowed” to have? And why is Dad being villianized for wanting to spend more time with his offspring? (Are these the same Moms who complained while married that Dad didn’t do enough to help out with the kids?)
The fact is that children have a right to see their parents. Both of their parents. And interfering with that is wrong. (Trying not to launch into a rant about PAS…) Again, Mom and Dad should work together to determine the best scheduling options (check out Jessica Bram’s essay “Coffee With The Enemy”).
Are there any Teen Mom fans reading this? At one point during Season 2 (I don’t follow the show, but I’ve seen some episodes), Maci tells Ryan, “I’d like to keep you from Bentley, but I can’t keep him from you.” That’s a pretty mature conclusion… especially for such a young mother.