A Tale of Two Six-Year Olds

January 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm 9 comments

Rarely do six-year olds make the news. What’s even more rare is when two of their stories provide the perfect back drop for the polar opposite ways one can raise her child.

Tiernan Paul, a kindergartener, is still breastfed by his mother, Robyn.  She feels it creates a closer bond between them and allows her to soothe her son. Tiernan’s two older siblings also breastfed until the age of six and they have only fond memories of their days being nursed. Robyn says she enjoys very open communication and strong relationships with her kids, due in part to their prolonged breastfeeding.

Six is definitely too old in my book for this, but you can’t argue that this mom has earned a medal of valor for her efforts in being there for her kids. (We complained to my sister that her two and a half year old was too old for it, since he was eating hot dogs in one hand and leaning in for sips in between bites. She might have been on ABC News in Robyn’s place had she not thrown in the towel shortly after she became pregnant around her son’s third birthday).

In the other corner, we have a first grader who feels like he has to fend for himself.This poor little guy missed the school bus and  hopped in mom’s Taurus and drove himself 10 miles to get there.  He slammed into a utility pole and told the sheriff “he did not want to miss breakfast and PE.” The boy’s  father had been under court order not to leave his two sons alone with their mother, so sadly, the boys have now been placed in foster care. The mom is in jail.

Even though Tiernan is poised for some tortuous years of teenage teasing and some embarrassing slides in his wedding slide show, he he has nothing on what our little Taurus driver is going to have to deal with if this is the kind of supervision and parental involvement to which he’s grown accustomed.


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  • 1. lowdogg  |  January 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    That second story is incredible.

    I watched the 20/20 with Tiernan. Weirder were the little British girls.

    This line cracked me up: “We complained to my sister that her two and a half year old was too old for it, since he was eating hot dogs in one hand and leaning in for sips in between bites.”

  • 2. Massimo  |  January 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    In the case of little Tiernan, I’m not sure he needs such a bond with his mother. Unless of course she intends him someday to manage a creepy, out-of-the-way motel.

    Also, one should not have any memories of nursing. Or, if one is lucky, of any Jaws sequel.

  • 3. LeMare  |  January 7, 2009 at 7:22 pm


  • 4. Mary Ellen  |  January 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    We watched this 20/20 episode also and it just about turned me off to the idea of breastfeeding all together. Isn’t Tiernan the one who referred to time with mommy as getting his “yummies?” I think that kid is going to have a rough time loving another woman.

  • 5. lemare  |  January 11, 2009 at 11:56 am

    “Getting his yummies”???? That is the most disturbing thing I’ve ever heard.

  • 6. Mary Ellen  |  January 12, 2009 at 12:23 am

    It was quite odd.

  • 7. Mary Ellen  |  January 12, 2009 at 12:24 am

    My husband reminds me that little Tiernan commented, “It tastes like vanilla ice cream!” Couldn’t she just give him real vanilla ice cream? So weird.

  • 8. Angela  |  January 12, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Those are certainly two EXTREME examples. Personally I wouldn’t call the boy driving himself to school an example of being parented at all, more a case of neglect.

    And while I agree that 6 is really old to be nursed and I never nursed any of mine much past 1, I have heard it is not uncommon for mothers in other countries to nurse their little ones until they are four or five.

  • 9. lemare  |  January 13, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Yeah, my brother lived in South America and little kids would go up to their moms and say, in Spanish, something to the effect of “Give me your boob.” Gross. GROSS.

    But hey, if it tastes like vanilla ice cream…


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