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When Parenting Gets Hard, At Least I Can Feel Good About Not Being This Mom Who Mooned Her Son’s Schoolbus

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shutterstock_109885610__1369580202_142.196.156.251I’m a New Yorker. I understand the adult tantrum, because I’ve seen it so many times. There’s something about the pace of the city that makes a seemingly mild-mannered person freak from time to time. So again, it’s not something that I find particularly surprising. Until today, when I read the news of a Virginia mom who mooned her son’s school bus. Um, get a grip lady.

Lisa Grant’s son got sent home with a note from the school bus driver, apparently complaining about his behavior. Grant went to the bus to “discuss” the note with the driver, who she claims refused to talk about it. What does any sane adult do when another adult won’t address a problem with them in a way that they see fit? Drop their pants, of course! Well, I’ve never personally tried this – but maybe I’ll add it to my arsenal. Kidding.

MSN has a tape of the altercation. Grant admits to arguing with her but claims she only showed her panties, not her butt when she “mooned” the driver. She was convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced to six months in jail, with five suspended and the remainding month’s worth of time to be served on weekends. Seems a little harsh, but seriously, mom? This is a great way to model behavior for your child. Being confrontational to an “authority” figure isn’t going to make life easier for your child. Either is embarrassing him in front of a bus load of schoolchildren.

I don’t understand what goes through some parent’s minds. You have an audience of schoolchildren and one disgruntled bus driver. Acting like a jerk to explain your kid’s behavior isn’t going to do a damn thing to solve a problem. And becoming an elementary school child yourself by doing something as juvenile as dropping your pants to disrespect someone takes the cake. Mom of the year.

I understand sticking up for your child, but next time you may want to keep your pants on. People are more apt to take you seriously that way. They’re also more apt to believe that your child wasn’t misbehaving if they don’t see the kid’s role model acting in such a way, too.

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