Have you heard about this story? It really BOTHERS ME.
Rachel Canning, an 18-year-old from New Jersey, has sued her parents,
saying they need to pay for her private-school tuition, her college
tuition and her living expenses after she claims they threw her out of
the house. Her parents say they did not throw her out of the house and
they shouldn't have to pay for any of that.
Rachel's parents say that she was an "incredibly rebellious teen"
who ran away from home a lot and often got in trouble at school, twice
suspended for bullying her sister, according to the Daily Record.
Plus, she refused to end her relationship with her boyfriend, who they
felt was a bad influence on her, so they gave her an ultimatum: Dump him
or get out.
This is Rachel in court. Does she think she's in the movie Cruel intentions? is she kidding?
Thank God this judge shot her down and ruled in the parents favor. Imagine if she had won, parents all over the land would be afraid to crack down and enforce rules on their kids for fear they would be sued!!!
Obviously these parents lost control long, long ago. I cannot imagine this happening with my kids. I subscribe to the Bill Cosby school of parenting. In fact I plan on using some of the exact lines that Clair and Cliff Huxtable used on the Cosby Show when my kids act out.
If my kids sneak out and their caught I am moving the couch towards the door and waiting up.
And if my kids want some beyond expensive shirt I will enact the Gordon Gartrell episode.
"No 14-year-old boy should have a $95 shirt unless he's on stage with his 4 brothers." ( I love a Jackson Five reference!)
I can remember when Denise wanted to take all her money out of the bank in high school, and buy a crappy car. Claire said NO. Denise was so mad. She screamed: It's my money! Isn't this a free country? Aren't we in America!?
Claire told her the only reason she had money was because her Father and her made her keep it in the bank no matter how many times she wanted to spend it on some stupid stuff. Then she added:
"And if you ever take this attitude with us again, you can take whatever is in that bank account of yours and go discover America!"
Children need to be put in their place sometimes. Especially when they are teenagers.
What would you do if your teen tried to pull the stunt Rachel Canning did?