The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, April 11, 2008

Parenting Differences...

I recall once listening to a friends mother describe how her folks had attempted to discourage her from marrying my friends father because they were of different religions and her parents feared it would lead to strong problems when they had children. And it did. The mother wanted to raise the kids in her Catholic religion, and the father was dead set on raising the children in his Jewish beliefs. Holidays were a ball of entertainment- as long as you weren't actually a member of that family.

In my own personal life, I'd received the greatest advice ever when it came to being a parent- make sure your mate has mostly the same child rearing beliefs as you do, or be willing to settle for arguments throughout the kids' childhood.

Sadly, Joseph Manzanares and his girlfriend must not of received any of the related advice prior to having their four year old son. Even worse is the fact that these two losers were able to have a child at all- let along together.

A fight about the decision led to a public disturbance with the father's arrest. Joseph Manzanares went to the video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays, police told KMGH Denver.

Police arrested Manzanares at his home, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval told KMGH Denver.

The girlfriend told authorities they were fighting over which gang their son should join. The girlfriend, who is black, is a member of the Crips while Manzanares, who is Hispanic, belongs to the Westside Ballers.

I'll admit, I think some child rearing disagreements are fair game- not everyone thinks it's best to put their kids in bed at 8pm, and you're likely to run into that couple that can't agree on how big a 2 year old's birthday party should be, or more commonly- there will be some area of parenting where you and your beloved don't see eye to eye. And that's okay. Except when the topic of discussion revolves around what gang your kids should be raised in. Then, the issue should be refocused onto something more important- like which DHS agency should be snatching that kid out of your care.