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The Top 10 Worst (and Best) Parenting Moments of 2019

Lenore Skenazy on

It wasn't all bad ... But a lot of it was, so let's start with that:

HOPPIN' DOWN THE PAPER TRAIL

Hard-boiled lawyers made sure no kids could participate in the University of California, Berkeley's campus Easter egg hunt without parents first signing a waiver acknowledging the potential risk of "catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death."

VAN PANDEMONIUM

Don't even PARK near a white van, the mayor of Baltimore warned his constituents. "We're getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts." Reports? The stories were on Facebook. The police, who rely on other sources, like reality, said there had been no such crimes.

DO YOU KNOW THE MUFFIN M'AM?

 

Holly Curry, a Kentucky mom who let her six children wait in the car for 10 minutes while she ran into a cafe to get them muffins, found herself reported to child protective services. The authorities came to her home and proceeded to make each child strip naked so they could look for signs of abuse. The verdict? The kids were fine (at least until they were forced to strip for strangers). Now the mom is pursuing a lawsuit.

DRAG NOT

Santana Adams of Milton, West Virginia, accused a man of grabbing her 5-year-old daughter and dragging her by the hair at the Old Navy, fleeing only when she -- mama -- pulled out a gun. The man was quickly found and hauled off to jail ... until mall footage showed the two shoppers calmly leaving the store, going in opposite directions. The mom has been charged with making a false accusation.

THE OL' COLLEGE TRY

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