Tim Gilmore

They say parenting is the toughest job in the world. Finding a happy medium between protecting your children while helping them find the confidence and independence to go out into the world isn’t easy. Sometimes the best you can hope to do is put them on the right path and wait for them to realize that being a parent wasn’t as easy as they assumed.

Or wait for them to accuse you of being a bad mother and haul you to court to prove it, like the Illinois woman who was sued by her two children, now age 20 and 23. The children, incidentally represented by their lawyer father, include a laundry list of offenses allegedly committed by their mother in the suit, including:

“failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, ‘haggling’ over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.”

The kids add that they were embarrassed that their mother had a different last name since she changed it after her divorce from their father (and lawyer), and disappointed when she sent birthday cards that didn’t include gifts or checks.

An Illinois judge recently tossed the case after two years of litigation (and growing legal fees). The kids were able to use their lawyer/father for free on this case, but mom had to pay her costs on her own. “It would be laughable that these children of privilege would sue their mother for emotional distress, if the consequences were not so deadly serious,” said the mother’s lawyer. A suit as obviously ridiculous as this one should not take two years to be dismissed.

It may be small consolation, but here’s a ‘thank you’ to all the moms out there who teach their kids to buckle their seatbelt, to be home on time, and to understand that life (and homecoming and a birthday) sometimes doesn’t work out like you wanted. Too bad the lesson didn’t stick for these two kids.

Is this the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month? Or is it one of these:

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Tim Gilmore

Tim Gilmore is an associate manager at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.