Help. I think I need a new job.
This story, or non-story of Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey mom recently labeled tanorexic, who may or may not have brought her five year old daughter into a tanning booth but was arrested and is being charged with child endangerment anyway, has been begging to get covered here on the BabyCenter Blog.
Yet I have been resisting it simply because it smells like a bad-mother witch hunt to me. And I’m really starting to fear for our society in general, one that sensationalizes and makes news of every move parents make, and for women and mothers specifically, who seem to be bearing the brunt of this scrutiny in a very imbalanced way.
The media treats it like a game. And I call time out. No, make that foul.
Every day people have babies. Every day these babies are at the mercy of their parents’ habits, weaknesses, hangups, imperfections, routines, neuroses, physical and mental limitations–you name it, we got it.
Some of these foibles are more visible than others. Poor old tanning mom, has a very visible problem. But is it any of our business?
If someone were to come to my house after school today and witness how we operate, I am sure, if they looked hard enough, they would find something questionable and, in this day and age, even newsworthy.
Hell, just this morning my daughter announced there was mouse poop in the maple syrup I put on the table, I, bad mommy, had left it on the counter overnight. Then, verging on being late to school for the 30th time this year, there is surely a bad-mommy story there, my youngest could not get her seatbelt fastened and I drove her to school, all of a quarter mile, without it, while lecturing her, with the aid of one or two well-placed curse words, about how slow she is in the morning.
Sometimes my kids have to tell me that the car is rolling because, after two years of driving a stick, I constantly forget to put it in park. We went for a bike ride yesterday and I lent Esther my helmet and went without one. Surely I’m a terrible influence.
Last summer both my daughters got tan in the sun, despite my putting sunscreen on them. At least once in their lives, they have even gotten sunburned.
Isla took a bath with medicated dog shampoo the other day.
On any given day, especially my bad days, someone could come into my house, hear something I say or do in the presence of my children, find me sobbing, or washing Prozac down with wine, or playing music way too loud, and find reason to call me a bad mom.
What if someone sees me sucking my thumb in front of my kid and decides, “That can’t be good for her kid?”
For me, the most alarming thing about this trend towards mom bashing is the mothers picked out for bashing, this one in particular, are obviously struggling with addiction of one kind or another.
To hear Patricia Krentcil, tanning mom, say,
“I’m a great mother, I’m a wonderful mother,” in the video above, just disturbs me profoundly.
How about you? What do you make of the media’s latest victim in the bad-mommy trials? Does the tanning mom story feel sensationalist, even cruel, to you?
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