Help line for troubled parents

CREATED Dec 3, 2012

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RACINE - Racine Police say Myrna Staten brought her 2-year-old son to an emergency room with severe burns. Staten is accused of dunking the boy's feet in a bucket of hot water inside their apartment.

Staten's sister, Barbara Staten, says it was a mistake. "She's not a bad mother at all, like what they're charging her for. That's not something that she would do," said Staten.

While the mother told investigators she was sorry for her actions, community organizations like The Parenting Network are reminding moms and dads there are programs out there to help you cope with the stress. "We get it parenting is tough," said executive director Jan Buchler.

The Parenting Network has been around for three decades. It helps more than 9,000 parents a year in southeastern Wisconsin through its phone helpline.

"This is, for some of our callers, really a life line. They'll often say I don't know what I would have done if you didn't answer this call. They were just a wits end," said Buchler.
The 24 hour hot line is just one outlet for parents to deal with the stress.

The agency offers visitations services for parents along with group sessions. The services are free. The executive director said it's important for parents, especially single parents, to call someone they can depend on instead of acting out that aggression.

You can reach the parent helpline at 414-671-0566.