The Mom Who Told Her Toddler to Play With His Privates and Other Horrific Parenting Moments We've Witnessed

Think you're parenting skills could use some improvement? You'll feel a lot better about yourself after reading this. (13 Photos)

Raven Snook on Aug 12, 2011 at 5:06PM

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The Mom Who Told Her Toddler to Play With His Privates and Other Horrific Parenting Moments We've Witnessed

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Are These People Nuts? The Weirdest and Most Horrible Parenting We've Witnessed

There’s no question that being a parent or caregiver is one of the toughest jobs on earth. While everyone makes mistakes (we’ve all had “mommy brain” moments), most of us give child rearing our all. But there are exceptions. And some of them happen in public. From moms who ply their babes with soda pop or blow smoke in their faces, to dads who lock kids in cars or douse them in chemicals, here are outrageous tales of clueless (or just plain horrific) parenting.

Dancing as Fast as They Scam
"I saw a father-son dance team on the subway. The little boy was no more than 6, twirling between his father's legs. At the end, the dad hoisted the boy up and the kid twisted his little body so he could kick the ceiling, but it looked like he hit his head. Everyone on the train let out a collective gasp of horror. The father said, 'Don't worry, folks! That was his foot and not his head. Now please give it up for him. Remember, you can give it to us on the train or we can take it from you in the park. Your choice.'"—Bryan

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