Frustrated Mom Glues Potty Training Toddler's Hands to the Wall

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glueWe all know how frustrating potty training can be. It takes boatloads of patience and understanding. Who can blame a parent for losing their temper every once in a while? But you can definitely take it too far -- like the Dallas mother who glued her daughter's hands to the wall.

Let that humdinger sink in for a moment. The toddler's siblings say their mother glued her daughter's hands to the wall because of potty training problems. She also hit her and kicked her in the stomach. And after pleading guilty to injuring a child, the mom had the nerve to tell reporters, "Only God can judge me. That's all I gotta say."

Um, no honey. Not only can a jury of your peers judge you, I think pretty much every parent who has ever gone through potty training is going to judge you. You crossed a line we all work hard not to cross. 

Many of us try hard not to judge other parents over the small stuff: Letting your kids have candy, occasional tantrums, too-old thumb suckers, formula feeding. There's a non-judgy parenting code that we try to stick with: Shut up, parenting is hard, give that lady pushing a 6-year-old in a stroller a break. (Seriously, I saw that the other day. Not judging! I was just surprised.)

But something like this comes along and we have to judge. Because there has to be a baseline of acceptable parenting that we can all agree on. It's one thing to have a bad day and yell when you don't need to yell. It's another thing to beat your child and glue her freakin' hands to the wall. That's not even going to help with the potty training! What purpose does that serve? It doesn't even make sense! How can you do something so crazy and then play the "no judgements, please" card?

This is me judging you, hand-gluing mom in Dallas. There's no excuse for that. It's child abuse. Thank goodness her children have been taken into custody.

Parents who feel themselves losing control of themselves around their children need to stop and get help. Run out of the house and call social services if you have to. But it shouldn't come to this. 

Have you ever been so frustrated with your kids that you wanted to do something this crazy -- but didn't?


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Dawn Helton Price

This is the craziest thing I have everv heard of. It's sick. I agree every parent, every adult for that matter, knows this is sick and extremely stupid. That's the only word for it. It's insane.

nonmember avatar hhhh

Ummm re the 6yr old in stroller.. did you know he was 6? You asked his age? Did you perhaps think maybe he looks older than he is, or maybe has trouble walking or some sort of delays & the mom just wanted to do something without a struggle?? I am sick of people like you. You say you don't judge...but do.

nonmember avatar Sarah

Oh wow. I'm glad all kids were taken ask for help if you need no one is a perfect parent. Find a group or friend or an elderly person they usually have great advice. Kids act like kids.

Faith B Mann

I don't understand the purpose of gluing her hands to the wall if she is trying to potty train. I had one of the wooden chairs that had a tray that unfolded down if front of my kids. Put them in the chair give em a cookie and let them sit there they wouldn't anymore. Eventually we always got lucky and they would go and "yay" big party for the good boy or girl who went in the potty. You see my confusion? Where in that scenario does gluing hands to the wall come into play??
Yeah, I'm gonna be very judgemental here. Not only did she glue but she kicked her in the tummy? That is one very misguided woman.

xlilredx xlilredx

Potty training doesn't happen over night. I have been through it three times. Yes it is extremely frustrating, but I've never been so frustrated that I've felt the need to go to extremes. I walk away and try again later, bc its NOT the child's fault. It's a learning experience. Don't take it out on the child. Some people shouldn't have kids if they can't take the responsibility.

jrphelps jrphelps

The baby was also in a coma for 2 days

corky... corky1990

I agree, that's disgusting, breaks my heart. I hope shee knows that's wrong. I am soon starting potty training my 1 yr 9mo son. And I can't imagine doing that. I understand we all learn an its my responsibility as mom to teach him. I'm excited for him to learn n be independent. It starts with small things.

corky... corky1990

A coma? Omg that is horrible.. That poor little girl. God bless .

xlilredx xlilredx

Corky1990: cheerios or fruit loops in the toilet. I made it a game for my son. Told him to aim for the holes. He thought it was awesome. He would get excited about it which made me feel good as a parent. Good luck to you!

nonmember avatar missy

I've definitely yelled at my kids for my bad days. I always apologize for it as soon as I'm calm. This hand gluing is crazy. My daughter (now 5) was fascinated with the toilet, followed me into the bathroom only to sit, fully clothed on her potty :-) The harder I tried to ask her and get her to try, the more she refused. (Totally my girl) One of my good friends has a daughter a bit older, we went over to visit and my girl decided to go poopy on her potty. Once I stopped pushing, she did it on her own, no glue or belly kicks necessary. That woman needs a psych evaluation and definitely needs counseling. Who knows what she's going through, but her kids aren't to blame

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