Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Will Grounding Your Children Become Illegal?

It appears to be headed that way in Canada.

Quebec dad sued by daughter after grounding loses his appeal

The family's legal wrangling started with a dispute over the girl's internet use.

'Either way, he doesn't have authority over this child anymore. She sued him because she doesn't respect his rules. It's very hard to raise a child who is the boss.'

— Kim Beaudoin, the father's lawyerShe had been living with her father after her parents split up when he grounded her in 2008 for defying his order to stay off the internet. The father caught her chatting on websites he had blocked, and alleged his daughter was posting "inappropriate pictures" of herself online.

Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.

The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.

That's when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents' separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.

Since when does a 12-year-old girl get to sue a parent for being grounded for breaking the rules of the home???

This wasn't a case of physical or emotional abuse, but rather of a spoiled brat, apparently, who didn't want to obey her father's rules.

The court should never have accepted the case in the first place, but should certainly never have judged for the 12-year-old girl.

Parents already can't spank their children. Now they can't ground them? Soon they probably won't even be able to touch them without permission from the state!

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