This is funny... WHat are these kids thinking????
Last week an Illinois appeals court dismissed a case brought by two children against their mom for âbad mothering,â the Chicago Tribune reports.
Steven Miner II, 23, and his sister Kathryn, 20, of Barrington Hills, Illinois, filed the suit against Kimberly Garrity two years ago, asking for more than $50,000 for âemotional distress.â
What qualified as âbad mothering?â From the Tribune:
The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, âhagglingâ over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.
The story continues:
Among the exhibits filed in the case is a birthday card Garrity sent her son, who in his lawsuit sought damages because the card was âinappropriateâ and failed to include cash or a check. He also alleged she failed to send a card for years or, while he was in college, care packages.
The siblings were represented by three attorneys including their father, Steven A. Miner. According to the Tribune, Garrity divorced Miner in 1995 after ten years of marriage.
The father asserted that this case was âno different from a patient suing a physician âfor bad doctoring.ââ In court papers, he wrote, âEveryone makes mistakes, but âŚ there must be accountability for actions. Parenting is no different.â
The motherâs attorney said the childrenâs suit was âorchestrated by their father.â From the Tribune:
In court papers, Garrityâs attorney Shelley Smith said the âlitany of childish complaints and ingratitudeâ in the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt by Garrityâs ex-husband to âseek the ultimate revengeâ of having her children accuse her of âbeing an inadequate mother.â
In dismissing the case, the court said motherâs conduct was not âextreme or outrageous.â A victory for the kids, it said, âcould potentially open the floodgates to subject family child rearing to âŚ excessive judicial scrutiny and interference.â