Should la title not suffice, consider the following:
Denial is not relegated to the epically screwy. One of the ways that we allow denial to flourish is to assign it only to the extreme cases, a tsunami survivor who insists, “It was a great vacation with one bad day.”
A lot of what passes for acceptable parental behavior seems to me to be abusive. Some obvious examples are screaming at our children, or slapping them because we are not able to control our own anger. I am not saying it is not human. It is very human. It is also abusive. I would not allow a care provider to behave like that with my child. Why did my parents? Why do I?
To dismiss your parents abuse because “there’s worse” out there is to miss a great writing opportunity. To dismiss examining your self is to miss an even better one.
Ranked high in the There’s Worse category is a common action: leaving a child in the car while the parent runs into the 7-11 for a soda.
I don’t care if the car is locked.
I don’t care if you “can see the kid the whole time.”
I don’t care about “It was just for a second” or “What are the odds?”
If a child is truly safe, alone in a car, why is it illegal?