One little girl has a pretty exciting way of getting to her friend's houses — she pops on her helmet and hops on the back of her mom's boyfriend's motorcycle. Way better than being belted in the back of an SUV. But not everyone is impressed with the 7-year-old's sense of adventure. When a photograph of her on the back of the bike went viral, her mom, Mallory Torres, was labeled a bad parent.
Torres responded to the criticism by pointing out that she wasn't breaking the law by letting her daughter ride on a motorcycle, and that it was the young girl's desire to do so. In her home state of Texas, children over the age of 5 can ride on a motorcycle. Torres acknowledges that it's dangerous, but says, "just because it’s dangerous for anybody to be on a motorcycle doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be on a motorcycle."
Her daughter always rides wearing a full-face helmet, vest and gloves, and Torres' boyfriend is a biker with 20 years of experience, so it's safe to assume he knows what he's doing.
Sure, it's not something most parents would probably go along with, but that hardly gives them the right to call Torres a bad parent simply for making a different decision.
In other parts of the world, kids ride on the back of motorcycles all the time — and they often don't wear helmets. Those who are so quick to judge need to open their eyes a little. There are far, far worse things a parent could do than let their kid ride on the back of a bike.
Plus, she's probably the envy of all her friends. Heck, this little girl in the pink helmet might grow up to be a world motocross champion — and it would all be thanks to her mom, who didn't stand in the way of he adventures.
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