It has taken a while while I have been sitting back watching the anti-bullying campaign spread and become so overwhelming. So here we are and I think I have seen just about enough. I realize I will be judged and criticized about my point of view but I have recently been running into more and more parents that are feeling the same and I felt it was time for me to speak up just in case you were feeling the same.
I do understand the basis of the campaign and I do believe that bullying is not “good” nor should it be ignored, however what is happening is something that we haven’t quite recognized as the problem just yet. What is happening is that we are raising children with absolutely zero coping skills!
I was raised at the time of Sticks and Stones and I believe that my parents taught me that no one can bother you unless you allow them too. Yes kids can be cruel but part of being a kid is learning all of our social skills that we carry into adulthood (good and bad) and if mommy and daddy are there to coddle us our entire childhood, then how in the world will we learn to cope? Truth is, we can’t!