Mom Judging takes a turn…when a McDonald’s Mom gets fired over her parenting decision

web-judging-momsEarlier in the week, I read this story of the McDonald’s mom, Debra Harrell, who was arrested for letting her 9-year old daughter play alone at the playground while she worked her shifts. Most recently, Harrell was fired from her job at McDonalds, and her child was taken into state custody. Now out on bond, Harrell has been reunited with her daughter while the case heads to court.

Many issues come into play with this story…lack of sufficient wages, low-income childcare options, parenting choices and mom judging. Did the woman who called the cops on Harrell have the right to report the unattended child or was she simply teaching another mom a lesson by mom judging? Now, I’ve been guilty of my fair share of mom judging…we all kind of do it…both knowingly and unknowingly. I’ve been told to bud out of the “to spank or not to spank” debate on occasion, but having someone arrested and having their child taken away from their custody is not the answer. How many moms can say that they were 100% supervised while playing outside as children? When did this become a crime? Or will it become a crime because of this case?

At the very least, this case brings McDonalds wages to the forefront. I’m curious to see where this case is headed…I’m on Team Harrell. Let’s hope everyone keeps the 9-year old in mind. What are your thoughts?

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My first ebook


It’s 5am…I’m 31weeks pregnant…I can’t sleep and neither can my somersaulting baby. After playing solitaire and messing around with Netflix and Pinterest, I decided to make better use of my time. I’m starting my first ebook. I can read in bed, and I’m tired of waiting for the actual books on my reading list to hit the local library. The ebook is a library option that I’ve avoided, because I’m an old-schooler that loves holding an actual book in my hand.

After starting a family, I started making use of my library card to save money. Now motherhood and pregnancy have led me to trying ebooks. Every time I check a book out from the library, I have to wrestle it away from Antonio who thinks every book in the house is his. The last book I read took me 6 weeks to finish and $10 in overdue fees. No much savings happening there.

For a while, I’ve been anti-Kindle and anti-Nook. I just love the smell and feel of actual books. I know I may be the last person on the planet to read ebooks, but my time has come. I already watch movies, listen to music and read my blogs and articles online…my books were the last chip to fall.

This summer, I’ve been into reading comedy books (written by comedians),so I’m excited to start Jim Gaffigan’s book about parenting and fatherhood. During my last pregnancy, I read Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs“. It was relatable, but more crude than funny.

So far, the ebook download was easy. I’m not disturbing any sleepers with my iPad light. Here’s to a good read…at least until I can fall back asleep.