Earlier 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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