By now you’ve all heard the story about New Jersey teen, Rachel Canning. Miss Canning is attempting to sue her parents for financial support, among other things, after moving out of their home because she didn’t want to abide by their rules. There has been a lot of commentary about the situation, with many folks recalling their own childhood and how their parents would have handed their butts to them if they had tried to pull such a stunt.
In reviewing the situation, I have to ask in what world are we all living where a KID can decide that they can do whatever they want whenever they want, decide that they no longer have to abide by their parents’ rules, leave their parents house and move in with a friend, and then force said parents to continue to support them financially (with legal backing) so that they can continue to do whatever they want whenever they want??? (Insert blank stare here.)
The level of disrespect this young lady has shown towards her parents is just absolutely unbelievable. I come from a family where respecting our elders is very important. At that age there is no way I could have had a 1:30am curfew (in fact, NONE of my friends had that type of curfew), use foul language towards my mom, nor could I just tell my mom that I was moving out because I no longer wanted to follow her rules (I’d have to make it to the door first). Don’t you know my behind would still be sore??? If not sore, the memory of the consequences would still be fresh in my head. And what I would like to know is just what do you have going on where, prior to the age of 18, you have to be out until 1:30 in the morning? I know a few types that are regularly out at that hour, and they’re not nice, wholesome KIDS in high school.
Now let’s be clear here, while I’m Team Parents on this one, Miss Canning’s parents are not totally innocent in this. They created this monster. In my opinion, they too deserve a slap upside the head. I won’t even go into the fact the father of the friend whose home she moved into is currently footing her attorney bill. (Insert side-eye here.)
So far a New Jersey judge has denied Ms. Canning’s initial request, cautioning that this case could lead to more claims by teenagers against their parents. Y’all I really and truly hope this family can straighten all of this out without another trip to the court house. Can you imagine what a case like this could do to so many families??? What are your thoughts?