Mothering Has Always Been a Thankless Job, But it Shouldn't Be Deadly
So when I heard that a Detroit mom had been shot 10 times at point blank range by her 14-year old son, I had to take a moment. Or two.
Should a mom ever fear for her life around her own child?
According to the news reports, the 36-year old mom, Tamiko Robinson, who suffered from Lupus and had to have dialysis twice a week, was sleeping on the couch at the time. Her son broke into a locked gun cabinet and shot her multiple times because he was apparently upset that she wouldn't let him go out. Robinson's fiance and their 5-year-old child were in another room and fled the house to safety.
I mean we all have our moments of conflict with our kids. They want yes, we say No. They don't want to do housework, tidy their rooms, finish their food or bathe on a regular basis--things we parents will likely insist on.
But with the normal pushes and pulls of any parent child relationship, there's (we hope) a little perspective, that missing this particular party is not the end of the world. There will be others. That I'm telling you to eat because I want you healthy and strong, not that I'm trying to hurt you. And that none of this is worth losing any life over. Mother or child.
My blood boils at the ingratitude of this kid, who clearly was troubled and according to news reports had been involved with smoking weed, petty theft and hanging with gang members.
But he has no idea how his mother sacrificed for him, took care of him as a baby and did all the things that kept him alive for 12 years. And to kill your own mother at point blank range shows the level of his depravity, and selfishness and uncontrolled anger.
Is there a Snapped episode on children?
And finally I am grateful for my kids. Perfect? No! On my nerves? Yes, quite often. But I hope they know that my love and concern for them is stronger than any frustration or anger they may ever feel.
What do you think of this killer kid? Do moms have to live in fear of their "troubled" children?
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