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carbec
Fondness for books has addled her brain
12:40 PM on 12/31/2012
What cute little boys. A happy ending.

Drinking and guns don't mix. Mom was rightfully concerned.
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2AMEN
03:13 PM on 12/31/2012
Drinking and driving don't mix either. Mom was not concerned about that?
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wcws1girl
12:38 PM on 12/31/2012
I am just glad they are safe!
12:01 PM on 12/31/2012
Loser parent!!! Stop taking it out on the children!!
12:42 PM on 12/31/2012
exactly how i feel
12:01 PM on 12/31/2012
"Nash had told WGCL-TV in Atlanta she was concerned because Daniel Cleary had purchased a firearm about a month ago, was under stress and drinking."

Whoa! I would've done everything in my power to avoid having to send my kids to be with him based on that one fact. I'm wondering if the mother tried. So glad these boys are safe as it could've ended in another tragedy.
12:43 PM on 12/31/2012
Not enough was said this story, it makes you wonder sometimes.
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flyingonclippedwings
04:22 PM on 12/31/2012
Now if the mothers withhold visitation, even if she is concerned for her children's safety, she will be accused of PAS and will lose custody in many cases. On the flip side, if she doesn't withhold, and the father hurts the children, she can be accused of child neglect by CPS for "failure to protect" and lose the children to the state. There is really no way to win. I have known mothers of both circumstances lose their children that way. I have even known of a woman, who was friends with my daughter's former babysitter, who had all her children die at once because her abusive husband killed the children on his first unsupervised visitation with them. Of course the judge was never sorry he allowed that to happen to her children. There is no way to win this when you're a mother. Fate and the system are stacked against you.
03:45 PM on 01/01/2013
We live in a sad country...sadder than your heartbreaking story. And, no one cares for some reason because the laws just never change.
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baileysno1lala
Beam me up, Scotty...
11:56 AM on 12/31/2012
Thank God they are ok!!! To many children dying these days :(
11:52 AM on 12/31/2012
Wonderful news, great way to start the New Year. Let's hope it continues.
DollyDrake BYN
Blue Jean baby, NorCal lady
11:52 AM on 12/31/2012
This is a happy and sad situation all at the same time. Happy because the boys were found safe and sound and sad because the father felt the need to take off with them. It makes me wonder what the dynamics of the custody situation is.
12:16 PM on 12/31/2012
What angers me about these occurrences is that the abducting (it is an abduction once the visitation window is closed) parent doesn't think about what such actions does to his/her children.

The parental relationship should be one of love and trust, not fear and trepidation. The child SHOULD feel safe and secure between the homes. Sadly, thanks to the egos of the twerps involved, this is rarely so--even when ONE parent tries to be the grown-up and have custody transfer for the object of visitation be as stress-free as possible.
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Sandy Werner
The Uterati Are Watching
01:29 PM on 12/31/2012
Well said.
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Stephanie Wharam
The Road Less Taken
11:33 AM on 12/31/2012
Fantastic news! I know the mother must be so relieved! The dad did wrong but the boys are still going to need him.
12:55 PM on 12/31/2012
Yes well wrong is in the eye of the beholder, what's important is the children's welfare and I feel sorry for them, they need someone in the middle to tell them what is going on with this divorce and they can perhaps understand it better that their parents cannot see eye to eye on issues. No one should keep anybody away from someone without knowing where they are thats what it boils down too.
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Stephanie Wharam
The Road Less Taken
01:32 PM on 12/31/2012
I agree. 
11:29 AM on 12/31/2012
I watched last night's Lemon interview: something sounds fishy about all this.
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MSUSPARTAN1974
11:23 AM on 12/31/2012
Happy New Year a great way to start. Now how about we focus on these 2 boys having 2 parents, trying to work things out. What do you gain by putting the father in jail?
Next for ANYONE who has gone through a divorce with children or no children ,IT SUCKS SUCKS ,SUCKS! The system sucks too!
We need more counseling before marriage and certainly before having children. There is NO easy answer but the current ways are resulting in 50% divorce rate. I know that many will not agree and that is the American way. I am a psychologist and counsel many couples. Sometimes too often their issues are ridiculous. My best advice that actually works for couples is," Anything that comes out of your mouth should be kind and loving, if not shut up and take a break! I also advise my children to live with someone before marrying them. This is NO foolproof method to a better marriage but it helps. Best wishes to all families!! Happy New Year! God Help Us!
11:56 AM on 12/31/2012
Totally agree!!! Go Sparty!!
12:32 PM on 12/31/2012
I agree with you too. I also found a very valuable site for couples going through a divorce with children involved. www.uptoparents.org check it out! Do it for the love of your kids as they are the ones who suffer the most from our reactive issues.
11:16 AM on 12/31/2012
Thank God these boys were found safe and returned to their custodial parent. As for all the rest of the comments, it is not up to us to judge the "whys and wherefores" of this divorce. My husband and I divorced when my sons were babies; when they were ordered by the court to have visitation with their non-involved father, I followed the court's ruling. However, that did not stop me from worrying that they would someday not be returned at the end of the visit. Fortunately, I had never had to face that issue and did not have to endure the horror this mother obviously went through. In many cases, the courts favor the mother and in many cases, the courts favor the father. In my state, the support/visitation guidelines are very clear. Whatever his reasons, this man clearly broke the law and should be punished accordingly.
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TedEjr
If satire goes over your head, don't stand up
11:15 AM on 12/31/2012
So sad, the slide show. Some are simply so adorable. And some are incredibly young.

I am glad that this case had an uneventful outcome, and glad that there was no bad news to report.
gamberdm
Common sense = Priceless
11:06 AM on 12/31/2012
I am so glad these kids were found safe and that this poor mother is no longer living the terror many of us go through when a less-than-safe dad has visitations. As a loving protective mother, not knowing where my children are is the absolute worse feeling in the world. Knowing the capacity of their father to be violent and manipulative has brought me to my knees many a visitation weekend when he would not allow me to talk to them via the phone (as court ordered) even though I have never denied him phone contact, ever, with the children. It's all a game for him. I would find out after visits that he would take my children to a relative of his and dump them off for the weekend in another state. You just don't do things like that.....
12:04 PM on 12/31/2012
Your (sick and heartless) ex should be put in front of a firing squad (IMO) Sorry for your troubles...no one should have to live like that.
gamberdm
Common sense = Priceless
12:38 PM on 12/31/2012
I agree that nobody should have to live like that but rest assured fathers' rights groups will say that I "just want to control" him and other crazy crap like that. Father's rights groups have gained a lot of leverage that way. They also recruit the new girlfriend or wife to work in concert with them (many times unwittingly), because, hey, why would they not believe the man they love? The are unable to see they are merely a pawn as well.

Being retraumatized over and over again has taken a huge toll on me. I have had PTSD for several years now. I do know that he is the one with the problem and now that my kids are ages 9 and 10, it helps but thinking of my babies before they were verbal away from me and not being able to reach them was torture. I would not wish that on anyone. Thank God I kept my cool and didn't play his game back because it surely would have been used against me.
12:50 PM on 12/31/2012
Your murderous intentions are in print here be very careful what you say.
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carbec
Fondness for books has addled her brain
12:42 PM on 12/31/2012
I would have moved heaven and hell to insure he lost his visitation rights.
11:00 AM on 12/31/2012
Thank God they were found safe and sound. They could have been killed, as the two Powell boys were. It's been almost a year, and I still mourn for them.
10:42 AM on 12/31/2012
It's good that the boys were found and seemed to be unharmed. That's all that matters at this point. The reality is that Adults who act like children and use kids to get at eachother after divorce is never the answer for the children are the ones who always lose.