While preparing for another Monday morning and watching Good Morning America, my daily routine was a bit disrupted when I heard the headline: “Mom shoots her teen son and daughter at point-blank range because they were too mouthy!”
I immediately stopped what I was doing and listened attentively!
Mrs. Julie Scheneker, a 50-year-old military officer’s wife, was arrested on Friday and admitted that she shot her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter at point-blank range for being too “mouthy!”
Mrs. Scheneker was reported to the authorities a few months ago by Calyx, her daughter, for slapping her with an open hand fist. Calyx father admitted that he had become the referee between the mom and the bickering teens. However, it is clear the dad didn’t see the heated arguments between the mom and children escalating to this point. No one did!
As a parent of a teenage son, I can definitely relate to the frustration that Mrs. Scheneker may have felt while disciplining her teenagers. Often times, our advice becomes ridiculous mumbo jumbo that gets lost inside of the child’s head and quickly ignored. But there’s nothing in my human spirit that would ever allow my frustration to get to this point. I’m sure Mrs. Scheneker may have some type of undiagnosed mental illness that drove her to this brutal point. She was even reported to say that she brought them in and she can take them out! Wow, talk about taking things too literal!
I pray for all involved in this situation and I hope that the family can heal from some such a horrific event!
Your child has worked your last nerve. You’ve warned them time and time again to stop their negative behavior. Would you force them to drink hot sauce and take a cold shower as punishment?
If you answered yes to that question, you would be like Ms. Jessica Beagley. A 36-year-old mother of six children, two of them adopted Russian twins, who’s now facing misdemeanor child abuse charges and in need of a good lawyer! So, for my heck-yeah-parents put the hot sauce bottle back in the cabinet now!
Take a moment and check out Jessica Beagley’s story while I grab my soapbox from the closet and take down some questions to ask Ms. Beagley!
Ms. Beagley I need you to answer the below questions right away! Don’t worry, it’s just a woman to woman discussion.
Ms. Beagley, you adopted Russian twins and now you’re frustrated that one of them is not behaving perfectly? Ma’am, please give those children back to that adoption agency!
Based on the video, the child seemed to be responding to and admitting his wrongdoings. Jessica, That whole time-out or take-away-the-favorite-toy option just wasn’t working for him? I mean send the child to bed without dessert or something, Geesh woman!
What happened to calling the Suppernanny? I’ve seen Ms. Jo Frost resolve the most dreaded parenting situation in a matter of 48 hours. Ms. Beagley, was Ms. Frost not available?
I understand you reached out to Dr. Phil during a Mommy Confessions segment. But next time, you may want to just call your best friend and vent. You know you can’t tell Dr. Phil everything. *whispers* He’s on TV lady and he will or have someone in the audience that will call the police! Get it together Jessica!
Jessica, did it ever occur to you that four children were enough and you should have avoided adopting twins? I mean, 1 child for me can be a bit frustrating. I can only imagine what it’s like to care for 6.
Seriously, I understand the frustration as a parent myself. Children will definitely push your buttons and it always seems they do it at the wrong time. However, something in my soul says Ms. Jessica Beagley gave up a little too soon. Her drastic measures were a bit much even for my harsh punishment methods. And nope, you won’t get DivaDee to report methods I’ve used. I’m smarter than Jessica and truly aware that all web communications are monitored!
I pray Ms. Beagley can find the patience and strength needed to raise these children properly. Every child needs to be in a positive environment. Which also means, the punishments they are given for misbehaving must have a positive learning result in the end!
Take the poll question and let me know your thoughts on Ms. Jessica Beagley’s actions!