NY dad's suit: Psychologist questioned my parenting for saying no to taking son to McDonald's

  • Article by: JENNIFER PELTZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 8, 2013 - 1:10 PM

NEW YORK — Saying no to a toddler's demands for a McDonald's meal got a father branded an inept parent, he says in a lawsuit claiming a psychologist urged a judge to curtail his parental visits over the dinner debacle.

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andy13tNov. 8, 1311:44 AM

why is that bad parenting? he didn't deny the kid food, he denied him McDonald's. he can't force food down a child's throat, imagine if that was the charge....... when the kid got over it and got hungry he would eat....

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georgina17Nov. 9, 13 9:37 AM

The facts reported here portray this father as an excellent parent.

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redcapNov. 9, 13 9:54 AM

The article says that there has been a flurry of litigation in the divorce case. So far all that you see here is the filing of another lawsuit over something that should have been addressed in some other manner. Considering the distorting effect of newspaper reporting, I would think it likely that the McDonald's incident is only a small part of the psychologists report, and that the lawsuit is just one more play in a very ugly game of lawyers (as to which party is to blame, I can't say).

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cosmicwxdudeNov. 9, 1312:06 PM

Folks, make sure before you get married that you understand each other and accept each other. Divorce stinks and is favored heavily to the women's side when kids are involved. I feel for all fathers out there going through this crap...

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JMarvinNov. 10, 13 7:23 AM

Just another story about crackpot psychologists and how their word is gospel with the courts. Psychology is very interesting, but a completely bogus racket when taken to the extreme of predicting the behavior of someone or judging the fitness of a parent in court. Just an observation, but, that said, people continue to voluntarily subject themselves and their children to that level of hell by getting a divorce before their children reach the age of majority. There is something to be said about keeping it together for your kids and keeping it in your pants until your kids graduate from high school.

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Joe BobNov. 12, 1310:15 AM

Sometimes a court case is unavoidable, but too often people use divorce and child custody cases to inflict pain on their ex-spouse. This case provides a good reminder: the more you take to court, the more chances judges and their court-appointed authorities have an opportunity to stick their noses into your business. No matter how bad things are with your ex – try to figure it out. There isn’t anything a judge, psychologist or social worker can’t make worse.

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