The Short of It
A Texas mom refuses to be called a bad parent after a photo of her 7-year-old daughter riding a motorcycle surfaces online.
Mallory Torres is fighting back after being accused of being a bad parent for allowing her 7-year-old daughter to ride a motorcycle.
She took to Facebook to defend her actions, writing in part:
"This is my 7 year old daughter riding home from school on a motorcycle. Yes. She's 7, and she's on a motorcycle. 'Why?' Some of you may ask... Because I love my daughter. That's right... I LOVE MY DAUGHTER and she loves to ride, so I allow her to ride on the back of a motorcycle in full gear with my boyfriend who has 20+ years of experience."
Torres goes on to say this was not her daughter's first time on a motorcycle, and it's worth mentioning the little girl was wearing a full-face helmet at the time this particular ride was photographed. It is legal for a child over age 5 to ride a motorbike in Texas.
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The frustrated mom goes on to write:
"'But it's dangerous'. -yes... but so is allowing your children to participate in sports.
'But she can get hurt'. -yes, but how many times has your child gotten a bruise, scrape, or hell even a broken bone from a sport? Want to know how many MY daughter has had? Zero. That's right. NOT ONE SCRAPE, BUMP OR BRUISE from riding.
'But there are idiots on the road that you can't control' -absolutely right. But that doesn't prevent you from driving on the road with your children as passengers does it? Didn't think so. And i can guarantee you have looked down at the radio or phone a time or two, but cyclists know how cautious they have to be of idiot drivers (like the ones looking down at their phone) and do not allow any distractions while riding. [sic]"
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Torres adamantly rebukes the notion that she's a bad parent for allowing her daughter to ride, writing:
"NO. Our children are fed, they are happy, they are healthy, they are up to date on all of their shots and healthcare visits, they are punished when they misbehave and they are praised when they do good. They are EARLY every day to school, they do well in school, we are both stay at home parents that run a home based business together which means that WE raise or children. Not sitters or daycare. Everything we do we do for THEM. As parents, we also encourage our children to do the things that they enjoy, which just so happens that one of them loves to ride. We do not leave our kids at home alone for some random stranger to find them wandering the streets. We do not leave them locked inside of hot cars. We do not abuse our kids (physically, verbally or emotionally), we do not leave them in the care of strangers and RARELY even leave them in the care of a babysitter for a few hours. WE ARE GREAT PARENTS."
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Torres says if you want to keep your kids in a bubble, go for it; she won't judge other parents' choices, and she demands the same respect, writing that she doesn't have to live by what someone else's definition of a perfect parent is.
"THERE IS NO POINT IN BEING ALIVE IF YOU AREN'T LIVING!!" the mama ends her post by writing.
I admire this mom for speaking up for what she believes in, and for not allowing others' opinions to rattle her. Because as parents, there are a million opinions. That being said, I would be lying if I said I thought a child on a motorcycle was even remotely safe. So, my kids won't be riding one. And as Torres says, that's my call.