Flying the unfriendly skies

Filed under: Just For Moms, Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Places To Go, Development/Milestones: Babies, Alcohol & Drugs

I know there are always at least two sides to every story, but this one seems pretty bad no matter which side you look at it from. Tamera Jo Freeman had a little too much to drink on a flight heading out of San Francisco and ended up being arrested when she arrived in Denver. She faces a charge of interference with flight crew and assault, but it's her behaviour towards her children that is the worst part.

"A two-year-old in a diaper accidentally knocked over her drink and [she] just started going ballistic, like 'You shut up you idiot. Get in the corner.' And then I heard slapping noises," said Carrie Storin, another passenger who witnessed the situation. "There was juice everywhere and napkins everywhere. The little girl was a little bit older. She could talk and she was pressed up against the window just hugging her knees screaming."

A flight attendant tried to step in, but the woman allegedly threw her drink on the floor and confronted the attendant in the aisle. The woman admitted to slapping her children, saying they had been fighting over a window shade, but denied throwing her drink. She says she put it down nicely in the aisle, although she does admit that she "lost it" on the flight.

Try as I might, I can't come up with a scenario where getting wasted when you're responsible for traveling halfway across the country with your kids is a good idea. Certainly, it doesn't seem like it was in this case.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.