The kids are not all right.
Everybody makes mistakes, but when those errors involve kids and their upbringing, the results could be much more serious.
Nobody truly knows how to be the perfect parent, and since the birth of humanity as we know it, parents have had to learn as they go, following the leads of other people’s successes while learning from their mistakes.
That being said, the playing field is still not even, and some children are born into situations that are far more difficult to come out of as capable, successful, and mature adults. People of Reddit were asked to share stories about the worst parents they’ve ever seen, and this will make you want to thank dear old mom and dad (or whoever helped raise you right)!
An Eye for an Eye
My son’s daycare class has a kid in it who’s missing an eye. He has an eyelid/lashes/etc, just was born without the tissue used to see with. He’s a completely normal looking kid, it just looks like one eye is always closed and instead of the roundness of an eyeball behind is flat since it’s missing. There’s nothing scary, or weird, or gross about him.
I once watched a mother scream and throw a tantrum at pick up time because the teachers insisted he wouldn’t be moved from the class as there’s nothing wrong with him being there. She swore up and down that this kid was scaring her child and the daycare teachers should do more to ‘protect her baby from people like that’ and her child shouldn’t have to be around ‘freaks’ and he should have to go with the special education kids.
Her kid seemed fine with this other kid, but his mother was horrified by him interacting with someone who wasn’t her idea of normal and she lost it when the teachers refused to give into her weird demands about it. I can only imagine what fucked up prejudices this kid is going to have thanks that vile woman. (2354PK)
Age is just a number
My sister in law. Her and her boyfriend are the most selfish people i have ever met. They live with her mom, who is mainly the person who takes care of her 2 year old but she spoils him and he is extremely bratty. He hits, bites, and spits in the face of every kid that comes near him. He throws giant tantrums for up to an hour sometimes that usually end in him getting what he wants. His mom hardly ever interacts with him even though she lives in the same house, she is usually just on her phone. Once when I stayed the night at their house i went to the kitchen at like 2am and he was awake begging for his mom to put him to sleep and she ignored him and continued to just watch tv. Her age isnt even an excuse (like her mom likes to claim) shes 29. (littlelady125)
My friends mother home schooled him because she didn’t want him interacting with females… (YourAverageJoe00)
There was a kid at my school whose parents were like that. In our senior year of high school, his parents:
-Did not allow him to talk to females.
-Did not allow him to watch PG-13 movies. One of my friends had to secretly let him borrow Lord of the Rings
-Didn’t allow him to do any extra curricular activities in school
His parents then sent him off to college 4 hours away from them, and I have no idea what this kid did after that. I bet he was at least watching PG-13 movies
Edit: forgot to add, his parents did not allow him to say anything that even sounded like a curse word. He could not say ‘darn’ in his house (shirtlessin1stclass)