Mom Shuts Down Haters Who Think Her 7-Year-Old Is Too Young to Ride a Bike

Mom defends her 7-year-old riding on the back of a motorcycle in viral post

How comfortable would you be if you saw a small child riding on the back of someone's hog? Would you think nothing of it, or want to give the kid's parents a piece of your mind? Well, Mallory Torres doesn't give a flip what you think. So before you try to wag your finger at her, just know this Texas mom fully supports her 7-year-old daughter riding a motorcycle, and has some pretty choice words for anyone who calls her a bad parent for doing so.

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"I won't keep my child from riding just because a handful of close-minded, ignorant people think they are the definition of a 'perfect parent.'"

(Well, alllll righty then.)

There's a reason why Mallory is so pissed. Mom is beyond tired of the parenting judgment she's getting for being okay with her daughter Mackenzie riding on the back of her boyfriend's motorcycle, and decided to post her frustrations on Facebook -- like we all do when we're pissed.

(BTW, there's also video of Mackenzie in action, which has received a ton of praise from fellow bikers who also allow their kids to ride on their motorcycles.)

Obviously, Mallory knows that her daughter is young, but she has no problem clarifying why she's cool with her 7-year-old riding on the back of a motorcycle.

As Mom says:

Yes. She's 7, and she's on a motorcycle. 'Why?' Some of you may ask... Because I love my daughter. That's right... I LOVE MY DAUGHTER and she loves to ride, so I allow her to ride on the back of a motorcycle in full gear with my boyfriend who has 20+ years of experience. This was not her first time, she has had experience. I followed closely behind on her first ride, and i as a mother, felt that she did great and that she could handle it again. She also wants a bike of her own which is why we AS PARENTS feel the need to give her as much passenger riding experience as possible before she is allowed to ride on her own.

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Mallory also adds:

WE ARE GREAT PARENTS. If you want to keep your child in a bubble, by all means go for it. If you wouldn't allow your child on the back of a motorcycle, then don't, that's your choice as a parent and I support you. But do not call us bad parents because we don't lock our kids in their bedroom with iPads and cell phones. Don't call us bad parents for allowing our children to experience LIVING. Don't call us bad parents for enjoying putting a smile on our kids face every now and then with a motorcycle ride home after school. I WILL continue to allow my daughter to ride if she wants to. I WILL continue to be the best parent I can be!

Listen, I'm not a biker, don't have a motorcycle, and don't know much about the culture (does being a fan of Sons of Anarchy count? No? Okay). For that reason, I can empathize with Mallory and her frustrations with trying to explain herself to people who have no clue about that way of life. I also get that Texas law says kids can be a passenger on a motorcycle if they're over age 5.

Mallory's not breaking any laws here. Her 7-year-old daughter can legally be on the back of a motorcycle. Mallory sometimes follows along separately for the ride, makes her daughter wear a helmet, and is doing her best to properly teach Mackenize how to safely operate this type of vehicle.

So, no big deal, right?

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All I can think about are the "what ifs." Yes, Mackenzie is wearing a helmet, but her "protection" is not the same as a child inside of a vehicle. At least to me, potentially being hit by a car when you're exposed on a bike versus being in a car aren't one in the same. And yes, Mom is right in her Facebook post -- kids can get cuts and bruises and break bones playing a sport -- but again, I don't think that would look the same compared to a motorcycle accident.

While I personally wouldn't allow one of my boys to ride on the back of a motorcycle at a young age (we can talk when they're a little older ... maybe), I can only hope that kids whose parents are fine with it are okay. As much as we non-bikers might not be able to understand it, Mallory has the right as a parent to do what she thinks is best for her daughter Mackenzie.

 

 

Image via Mallory Torres/Facebook

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