Mother Tells Parents Of Bullied Children To Toughen Them Up
A mother from South Dakota is causing a slight uproar around the internet with her latest blog entry in which she says children of today are too shielded from adversity and that parents need to “toughen them up” so they can be better prepared to face potential bullies.
via ABC News
A South Dakota mom’s blog — written for her original eight followers — has gone stratospheric after she wrote that boys should be allowed to play with guns, trashed what she considers to be over-protective parents and said kids being bullied should “toughen up.”
Stephanie Metz’s maternal outburst has the provocative title, “Why My Kids Are NOT The Center Of My World.”
Since writing three weeks ago, her blog has amassed over 750,000 hits and Metz estimates it’s been shared through other media sites to surpass 2 million hits. Along with the compliments came criticism
Metz was inspired to write her post on Oct. 25 after her son Hendrix, 4, (she has another son Jameson, 2) decided to bring a different object to show and tell, after he told his mother his initial choice may resemble a weapon. That original toy, which is pictured below, may get him in trouble, he told his mother.
This, she writes, is what infuriates her. “How long will it be before their typical boy-ish behavior gets them suspended from school?” she worries. “The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends,” Metz writes in her blog.
Metz warns parents that constantly sheltering their children and protecting them from all things “evil” sets a child up for failure.
“Kids are being raised to never have to deal with adversity,” Metz told ABC News. “I don’t think we are raising a generation that will be able to function in the real world.”
“Understand I am not condoning kids to be cruel to each other, but I think kids need to toughen up when kids are not nice to them,” Metz said.
Do you agree with this mother’s opinion? Or is she being too insensitive, given that bullying has become a huge problem with today’s children?