South Dakota Mom’s Letter About Bullying
A South Dakota mother is the target of both praise and criticism after she blogged that kids being bullied should toughen up.
Stephanie Metz’s blog post, which spread on Facebook after she shared the link, went viral due to her view on kids and over-sensitive parenting styles.
“The main message is, ‘Don’t be afraid to parent your kids.’ They need to deal with some hardships,” the 29-year-old mother of two from Rapid City said Wednesday in an Associated Press interview.
In the blog post, she warns parents that constantly sheltering their children and protecting them from all things “evil” sets a child up for failure.
Parents who make their children the center of their universe are not doing anyone any favors. Obviously, as parents, we love our children more than anything. But dropping everything to cater to their every need is only going to lead to a very rude awakening once they enter the real world.”
The Oct. 25 post on “The Metz Family” blog was titled “Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World.”
The young generations of today (yes, I sound old. I realize I’m only 29 years old…) are being taught that they shouldn’t have to ever put up with anything doesn’t make their hearts feel like rainbow colored unicorns are running around pooping skittles onto piles of marshmallows.
The blog had been viewed around the planet with nearly a million page-views this week.
Metz, who’s sons are 2 and 4 years old, accepts any criticism that may stem from her blog, saying it’s a philosophy she said she and her husband, Matt, learned from their parents.
Modern parents, who drop everything all the time to sit and play with the child, who “needs attention,” or drop what they’re doing to help the child the second he or she gets frustrated? How is Joey going to deal with the fact that there won’t be anyone in his adult life who’s willing to stop what they’re doing, stop living their busy lives, to cater to his every whim? - Excerpt from The Metz family Blog
Responses to her post vary from praise to disagreement:
Studies have found that most children will experience some bullying growing up.
As a father of three, I have had this talk regarding bullying with them. My advice to them is to speak up. Tell someone. Take action. And remember, a bullies coin may be emblazoned with toughness, but flip it over, and you’ll find the imprint of a coward.