December 12, 2004

The Joys of Parenting

WE MUST APPLAUD Harlan and Cat Barnard, of Enterprise, Fla., for their recent judicious use of the nuclear option in dealing with their indolent progeny.

As many readers may know, Mr and Mrs Barnard were sick and tired of having their children refuse to help out around the house. Therefore, they went on strike and told the kids to pretty much fend for themselves. While we do not know if Mr and Mrs Barnard were expecting such a frenzy over their action, we do believe they've managed to humiliate their children on a national scale. For typical American parents, this is an unrivaled accomplishment -- far outshining the "ride to school in the jalopy" trick.

We do feel slightly sorry for the Barnards' two children, as they're probably not enjoying all the attention. However, we must still applaud the Barnards for their strong stand. After all, they're treating their children like adults. That's not only good parenting, it's something which teenagers are constantly demanding. And we further have no doubt that around the Enterprise area, teenagers are suddenly rediscovering the joys of honest work. ("You'll mow the lawn, son, or I'm calling the Investigative News Squad at Channel Eight!")

We are displeased about one aspect of the story, however. The Associated Press informs us that one "well-intentioned" neighbor saw fit to call the authorities about the situation. We're sorry, but anyone who calls in the Government on family matters ought have a pretty high degree of proof -- or at least a very reasonable suspicion -- before doing so. Would it have really been too much to waddle on over to the Barnards' driveway and ask them what was happening?

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at December 12, 2004 10:04 PM | TrackBack

Wow. My dad would never have had to resort to this. I daresay that I might not be alive to post this comment had I been anywhere even close to as disrespectful as these twits. I exaggerate, of course, but you get the drift...

Posted by: Geoff Brown at December 14, 2004 10:42 AM