There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Human beings are incapable of being perfect. That’s just a fact. But, this past week I’ve seen more parenting fails than ever.

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Human beings are incapable of being perfect. That’s just a fact. But, this past week I’ve seen more parenting fails than ever.


By best friend, KK, was telling me about a toddler running around Main Street in Avon Thursday mid-morning.


Technically, Main Street is also part of Route 41 and most, not all, but most folks traveling that route don’t slow down. Many a cat has met their untimely demise on that particular stretch of road.


I do not know what the outcome was regarding the rogue toddler, but crossing the highway can be dangerous for anyone, let alone a toddler.


Ironically, this is not the first time this has happened in Avon. There have been at least three or four other times I can remember little kids running, unchaperoned, across the highway.


Ask my kid and she will gladly tell you I barely let her go outside by herself once she became a teenager so going out alone when she was a little kid was a hard no.


I had a few people tell me I needed to give her independence and space. She was a kid. She read books and watched movies. She didn’t need to frolic unsupervised.


In Mapleton recently, a toddler was found without pants running along a road while his infant sibling was found lying in vomit outside their home.


According to a report by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department, two women were driving along Cameron Lane when they spotted a small boy without pants running along the pavement. The driver was able to get the boy in her car, then drove along the road to look for any clues for his home. Spotting a house with toys in the front yard, the woman stopped there.


It was at that time the woman say a baby crying in her own vomit.


The woman knocked on the door, but did not receive an answer.


Subsequently she called the sheriff’s office.


The RO found the baby in the same spot, but three dogs surrounded her “protecting her”. The dogs wouldn’t allow anyone access to the home,


Distracting the dogs, a deputy grabbed the infant. It was noted her diaper contained feces and urine, and she was covered in her own vomit. The deputy also noticed she had dry sweat rings on her head.


After calling for an ambulance, the child’s mother emerged from the home. Her speech was slurred and she was unable to walk straight.


When asked the whereabouts of her children she said she thought they were at her parents.


How in the actual heck do you NOT know where your kids are?


The mother’s parents lived next-door. I realize it was late, but if you’re the grandparents’ of these children and you know their mother is struggling with alcohol abuse, wouldn’t you check on their well-being on a regular basis?


The mother’s father said she had been in and out of rehab for alcohol abuse in the past, including recently.


Ultimately the father of the kids came to the scene from work and the children were released into his custody.


The mother was booked on two misdemeanor counts each of contributing to the neglect of a child, reckless endangerment and endangering the life or health of a child.


As of Aug. 29, no formal charges had been filed.


This sort of thing is happening more and more. People leaving their kids in hot cars to die a painful, excruciating death enrage me. How do you not remember your child is with you?


To this day, despite Kid 1 being an adult, I find myself always checking my backseat before leaving my vehicle.


People are busy, blah, blah, blah. You should NEVER be too busy when it comes to the safety of your child!


As someone who would have loved to have six or more kids of my own and couldn’t it devastates me the way some ‘parents’ treat their kids.


It’s heartbreaking, really.


I’m starting to consider, perhaps in the future, becoming a foster mom or adopting a child.


If you know you aren’t capable of taking care of your child(ren), please get help. Ask for help, don’t let your child suffer.


That’s not even Parenting 101, that’s simply common sense.