Letting go of kids is tough for lots of parents. But one couple from the Kansas City suburb of Leawood seem to have take things way too far.
So far, in fact, that a judge has agreed with their daughter that their overanxious parenting sounds like "stalking." They've been ordered to stay away from her.
A very merry Christmas indeed.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Aubrey Ireland moved up to Ohio to attend the College-Conservatory of Music, where she's been extremely successful. She's made the Dean's List and has been in several of the school's plays.
But if you trust her parents, this is all evidence of a life gone off the rails. They've been showing up unannounced to her college, following her around, and accusing her of "using illegal drugs, promiscuity and suffering from mental woes." Their evidence? The data gathered thanks to the fact that they installed tracking devices on her laptop and cellphone to follow Ireland's every move. According to the paper, they even staged an intervention where the interventionist turned on them, informing the couple that they, not their daughter, were the problem.
As retaliation, the couple apparently cut off Ireland's financial support and wouldn't pay for her senior year of college. Cooler heads at the university prevailed, however, and the 21 year old has been offered a full scholarship to finish her education, as well as university guards to help keep her meddlesome parents at bay. At the recent stalking order hearing against mom and dad, Ireland told a judge she felt like a "dog with a collar on."
Which sounds like the worst. Well-meaning parents are bad enough. Here's hoping Ireland and her folks have a happier new year.