My first thought when I heard about Madlyn Primoffs crime was “Hey, I’ve done that”.
Here’s what she did:
She ordered her two daughters, 10 and 12, to get out of the car and walk home. They were three miles from home.
Here’s what I did:
Driving home halfway down on our long dirt road, my son was whining and would not stop. I stopped the car and made him get out. He was four. I slowly drove home while he cried a safe distance from car. My plan was to let him back in the car shortly but he fell in a mud puddle therefore he had to walk whole way home. This was not pleasant for him but not torturous either.
Here’s where she lived:
White Plains, NY in an upscale suburb
Here’s where I lived:
In the countryside of St John, Virgin Islands
This is what I think of Madlyn Primoff:
She was a frustrated mother who decided to try something new. It was a little radical but not a crime. Her daughter over reacted and is probably sorry or not. The mother probably would of felt she finally took a hold of the situation and taught them they do not run things, or not. (This would have been if the police did not become involved). The kids were probably in a safe neighborhood and very well knew their way around, or not.
This is what I think of me:
I was calm when I put my son out of the car. I watched him with love and not anger. I washed him up and loved him up when we got home and never apologized for my action. I was very happy the next time he started his whining while I was trying to drive and I said “Do you want to walk” and he instantly stopped the flow of tears and stopped the whining.
This is what I know of Madlyn’s girls:
This is what I know of my son:
He is a well-adjusted, delightful (yes delightful) 17 yr old that loves to hear the story of when he walked home covered in mud.