Maybe the house wasn't the problem

A quote from Paul Grondahl's story today about the Colonie family that got a new house on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2007: "She was happy and excited for maybe the first week, and then it was back to the same old garbage." And apparently it got worse from there. [TU] Earlier: Not so lucky?

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The tension was further roiled by his mother's mood swings and things the boys did, such as not picking up dirty clothes or leaving food wrappers around, that earned his mother's "death look" and a flaring of her temper.

Since when is it unusual for a mother to get angry at the kids for not picking up after themselves?

@ Rob--I agree; trying to raise your kids not to be slobs doesn't seem like child abuse to me. Also among her alleged maternal transgressions--not letting her 19-year-old son's girlfriend come for sleepovers, and not liking it when he sneaked out to see the girl anyway. Hmmm.. that sounds like responsible parenting.

This whole story was puzzling. It is difficult to see why it was newsworthy.

I identified with the comment about how raising teenagers is sometimes not so pretty. I caused my parents a certain amount of misery during my teen years. Not sure if I was supposed to read between the lines of the article, but nothing jumped out as unusual behavior for a mom with teenagers.

That story read like water-cooler gossip. The Times Union makes the argument that readership is down and there are limited resources for investigative journalism concerning local issues. If that's true why was this a front-page article? No wonder that when the high-pressure salespeople try to talk you into the 50-cent a week introductory subscription they use the coupons in Sunday's paper as the mail selling point.

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