A new friend for our club folks! Let’s call her the “Diaper Mom”, since her name is still a mystery. This Minneapolis based mom and her boyfriend shaved the head of her 12 year old daughter for doing poorly in school. Pretty extreme huh? But this is not how she earned the name “Diaper Mom”. She, and her boyfriend, then decided to place a Depends diaper on her daughter and force her to run up and down outside their home, while they locked her out making her beg loudly to be let back in.
Neighbours called the police only after around 50 people (yes , you read that right 50 people) stood outside watching her run, cry, and beg, wearing a tank top and the adult diaper. She was crying and hysterical, and neighbours said she had been outside for 30 minutes. When the police arrived they took Diaper Mom and her boyfriend away as they laughed hysterically at the situation, thinking it was ridiculous for police to intervene since they did nothing wrong as this was their parenting decision to punish her child with what they called “diaper duty”. They explained that they had warned her if she continued to do poorly in school and not complete homework she would have to shave her head, put on a diaper, and clean up trash in front of everyone in their neighbourhood as a form of public humiliation.
Diaper Mom and her boyfriend are being held in a county jail, while the girl and three other children who were in their care, are now in foster care.
Come on parents, does public humiliation work? We have some recent inductees into the Not Winning Mom of the Year Club who believe this to be true, you can read about them here and here. And if a little humiliation is acceptable to teach a lesson, where do you draw the line? What does that do to your child, other than rack up enormous therapy bills later in life?
Diaper Mom when you leave the county jail, come join us over here. We have spot with your real name on it in the Not Winning Mom of the Year Club. Welcome, welcome, welcome.