For a bunch of girls just barely old enough to vote, the Teen Mom crew seems to have a monopoly on mama drama. But adult moms are jumping on the bandwagon of Farrah Abraham lately because she's proving something we've been saying all along: Grandma is not always right.
As troubled as she may be (she's the mom who left her kid in a sink full of water and walked out of the room!), Abraham looks downright normal compared to the grannies in toddler daughter Sophia's life.
First there was Debra Danielson, Farrah's mom, who got arrested for domestic violence against Farrah. Now Stormie Clark, mother of Sophia's late father, Derek Underwood, has told the tabloids she will do anything and everything she can to get custody of a kid she says she barely knows.
Anyone else seeing a pattern here?
Teenager pisses off grandma, so grandma decides to ramrod her way through, and to heck with the consequences.
Now let's push up the age a few years. Twenty- or thirty-something mom decides not to spank, to cloth diaper, to breastfeed ... and her mom turns during babysitting duty, throws on a Pamper, fills a bottle with formula, and smacks that kid on the tush for touching the TV. Who's the adult now?
Grandparents tend to earn automatic respect because, gosh darnit, they raised kids of their own. They must know what they're doing.
Uh huh. So that's why so many pregnant women make a solemn vow with their significant other that they won't be like their mothers?
There are plenty of great grannies out there, don't get me wrong. My daughter tends to be spoiled to bits by hers, and most of it is good stuff. I don't have the patience for Chuck E. Cheese. My parents, bless them, are all over that trek into hell. And the 2.4 million grandparents raising their grandchildren deserve an unending song of praise.
But simply getting your kids to adulthood doesn't mean you did it well. Case in point: at least a scooch of that "my kid ended up on the show 16 and Pregnant" has to tie back to dear old Mom (and Dad).
Farrah doesn't have it all worked out. But neither do I. That doesn't mean my parents can raise my kid better.
Do you ever get tired of the praise for Granny?
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