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Jan. 7 2010 - 9:54 am | 370 views | 0 recommendations | 4 comments

Top 3 worst parents of 2010

Just think: we’re only seven days into the new decade, and already we’ve got three separate reports of parents acting like morons. Here are my nominees for the dumbest.

1. Fake tattoos are for wussies, sweetie. A Georgia couple was arrested for tattooing six of their kids, aged 10 to 17, using an old tattoo machine and a guitar string. Even more startling? The parents, now free on bail, still seem totally stumped as to what they did wrong. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I’m their mother,” Patty Jo Marsh said late Saturday. “Shouldn’t I be able to decide if they get one?”

Nope. Turns out

Georgia law prohibits tattoos from anyone other than a licensed professional. Children under 18 are also prohibited from getting tattoos.

Patty Jo’s response?

“If we knew that, we wouldn’t have done it,” Marsh said.


“They weren’t hurt by them,” Marsh said. “We would never do anything to hurt them.”


“If I’m such a bad parent, then how come they brought the kids back right after I got out jail?” Marsh asked.

Whewf. The tattoos, in case you’re wondering, are crosses on their hands. Which is of course what Jesus would want.

2. Sure, you can have alcohol at your party, darling. You’re 11! A Wisconsin mom doled out Mike’s Hard Lemonade and champagne at her kids’ sleepover. No, she didn’t pick up the wrong six-pack from the Wal-mart beverage aisle; from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

After one child got sick and threw up from drinking alcohol at a birthday sleepover, the Kewaskum mother hosting the party and providing the drinks at a West Bend hotel told other children – girls and boys ages 11 to 14 – not to tell their parents about the booze, according to police reports released Wednesday.

Oh, and a super-fun party game for pre-teens?

One game included blowing air into condoms, then tossing them around the room like balloons.

But not to fear:

“No one had sex,” the girl says in a statement.

Authorities say Sarah Shay, 36, faces charges. You think?

3. G’wan, honey, and play with the fireworks…it’s New Year’s! On New Year’s Eve in Maui, parents let a 7-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy play in a truck bed full of fireworks. From the Honolulu Star Bulletin:

A loud boom was heard and all the fireworks in the truck ignited just after midnight Friday, New Year’s Day. Police said the children’s clothing caught on fire. The girl received third-degree burns to her legs and the boy suffered second-degree burns.

The couple face charges. Happy new year!


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  1. collapse expand

    If ever there were a story that defied comment, this is it. Won’t let that stop me, however. Thanks for the parenting advice for the new year, Lisa. By this measure, I’m a helluva father!

  2. collapse expand

    Wow- and I had nagging self-doubt about letting the kids play Wii for 4 straight hours on Christmas Day.

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    You have to pass a background check to buy a gun.
    You have to take a driving test to get a license.
    You have to get through security to board a commercial flight>

    Why is it, then, that the only requirement for parenthood is to fit Tab A in Slot B?

  4. collapse expand

    the police report that was posted online by the media is missing 6 pages all together. There is statements of 5 “victims”. Where are the other 5 statements? The 5 missing statements lead me to believe there is more to this story then what is being reported in the media. I don’t think the media is reporting every thing on Sarah Shay and what really went on!

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