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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Nicole O'Connor Yesko

I'm sorry, is there a point to this article? It seems more like a rant.. An obvious one at that.

debra... debramommyof4

I have felt like I want to throw my kids into a wall, when they were babies and would not stop  crying.  I didnt.  If you get that frustrated you put your children in a safe place and cool off.  You never have to do that.  There is no reason why you should hurt your kids.

nonmember avatar April disharoon

I think ne sick sadistic mentally disturbed dum ass who hurts kids they shouldt get a choice i say strait to old sparky n throw the switch cuz we dnt nd to waste our tax dollars tryin to rehabilitate them they arent worth it n thank god that babys ok n im glad they tk them she dnt nd them she ranks in my book rite up there by casey anthony sick twisted heartless nt worth 2 cent thats all im gna say

Natalie Dean Caviness

re: 6 yo in stroller. i get judged about my 21 month old daughter just like im sure that mom was judged about her kid in the stroller. i carry or push my child in a cart or stroller everywhere because she has cerebral palsy and cant walk, but unless you "know" that, you cant tell that is why. it just looks like im lazy and dont want to let my kid walk and get into stuff. on things like that, know the story before you judge. but on the hand gluing mom, JUDGE AWAY! we moms who are trying to do our best and face struggles of child-life without resorting to violence or stupid crap like that have a RIGHT to judge that behavior!

nonmember avatar Mommyof3

i have three amazing kids all year apart.i could as a mother imagin ever doing this to one of them as everyone has said it can be hard training them but the learn from us i feel like this mother didnt understand how to be a parent that poor baby i wish the best for her and whome ever she goes with now treats her like a princess like she needs to be our prayers go out to her and will keep her in are mind and hearts always!!

unkno... unknownstar

of course i have gotten frustrated. of course i wanted to duct tape them down to the toilet. eeehhh its was a ideation  at the time, that was never acted on. but i made it fun!!!! and it worked.

nonmember avatar Danielle

If potty training gets to be that frustrating then obviously the child isnt ready. Its not something happens when you are ready, the child needs to be. Both my 4 and 3 year old were potty trained at 2 1/2 and it only took a week.

Lindsay Merced

For me, I think we really cant make sense of this because she's maybe got an untreated mental issue/disease. Thats a scary combo w raising little ones! Ive learned that when someone does horrid things like this, alot of times its a mental disease...since I dont have one, I could never understand. We can never know for sure what someone may do, but im sad no one was able to notice & help her get help before this happened. But being taken away, these children, I pray will have a better life now.

nonmember avatar Tracy Collier

Well they should give her life so that when time is up she can meet her maker and be judge accordingly

nonmember avatar sarah

I'm a single mom of three and pediatric nurse.and do not condone this mothers behavior. Am horrified at judgements rather than plans to help an ignorant mom.

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