Wednesday night, during CYR (which you can download here and subscribe here), I talked about an open mic night last week where parents brought in a 10-year old and a 12-year old. Even after our protestations that this was not kid friendly, they insisted that their children would be fine. And if you’ve seen my stand-up, you know that it’s not anything a child should hear. I had no problem declaring these parents to be bad parents from their behavior during this evening, including the absolute nonchalance with which they left their children to listen to us and went outside to smoke.
This got me thinking – we need a contest. And unlike something like the Babble ranking system, which smacks of subjectivity, favoritism, and exclusion, it would be chosen by the community writ large. The nominees wouldn’t have to campaign and alienate their readers, either.
Would you nominate someone as the world’s worst parent? Whether it’s a blog post they wrote demonstrating exactly why parents should have to be licensed to have children, or someone you saw in person acting with their children’s worst interests at heart, you could detail exactly what makes this person the worst childrearer ever.
And then we’d vote on the worst one. I’d make a trophy that says “Worst Parent 2011” and send it to them anywhere in the world.
Who’s with me?