According to the lawsuit, Steven and Kathryn were upset over a number of "transgressions" inflicted on them by their mother, which they felt were examples of poor parenting that caused them emotional and physical distress. These include: sending check-less birthday cards, not sending care packages to her son while away at college; threatening to call the police if her son, then 7, didn't wear his seatbelt; forcing her daughter to come home from a homecoming party at midnight (oh and not buying her the prom dress she wanted!); and the most serious accusation claimed Garrity once slapped her son upside the head, causing him what he alleges are "chronic headaches."
Also of note is that one of the three lawyers representing the children is their father, and the ex-husband of Kimberly Garrity. Nice!
Thank goodness the judge saw fit to throw out this frivolous, petty and vindictive lawsuit, but the report did state that Ms. Garrity likely spent a small fortune in legal fees fighting it. So those thankless grown brats won anyway.
I admit, parenting is not a bowl of cherries, and growing up is mixed bag of bullcrap, but on average, most of us in the human race manage to handle both and survive. Sometimes we even thrive. Then there are those who never really manage to grow the hell up and accept that life isn't fair, it's not always about you, and you get what you get and you don't throw a fit!
I have friends, extremely privileged and some might even say spoiled rotten, who resent their parents to this day; middle-aged adults, people who've never wanted for ANYTHING their entire lives. They had the best clothes, the finest schools, expensive vacations, safety nets upon which to rely should the harsh realities of life deal them a bad hand.
Simply put, they live in an alternate universe from the rest of us, yet they still complain about stupid things like, "Daddy didn't hug me enough." "Mommy didn't pay enough attention to me." "My parents were too strict." And so on.
The truth is, parents are legally responsible for only a handful of things when it comes to their children: a roof over your head, food on your plate, clothes on your back, and your primary education. Those are the legalities, mind you. Of course, if you enter into parenthood with the right attitude you should also love your children, protect them, cherish them and worry about them.
Sadly, not every parent can afford to put checks in their kid's birthday card. Boo hoo! And any dumbass kid who refuses to wear their seatbelt SHOULD be slapped upside the head. And what they hell does a teenage girl need to be out after midnight for anyway?
Actually Kimberly Garrity sounds like a damn good mother in my book. But, hell, my kids think I am Satan, so what do I know!