Have you read about this yet? Have you seen all the pictures?
Admittedly, I have only seen one picture and the headline that accompanied it. It’s a picture of Rosie O’Donnell with her oldest son. She has a stern look on her face and she has a hold on her son – I believe she is holding on to his t-shirt. He is back to, so his face is not visible. The headline reads “Abusive Rosie bullies son, 12.”
Man oh man.
I am guessing these “journalists” are not parents. Because let me just tell you, as the mother of a 12 year old girl, if they are using these pictures as evidence of abuse, I know about 500 parents who “abuse” their children. Fortunately for them, they do not have paparazzi there to capture every.single.moment. of their lives.
My daughter makes me so angry sometimes that I need to leave the room or ask her to leave the room. She can be rude, mean, selfish, and nasty. She is 12. She has hormones raging through her body, and she has no idea that the world doesn’t revolve around her. I remind her, that’s one of my jobs as a parent. Does that make me a bully? No. I think it makes me a great mom. My children are learning respect, self control, and common courtesy. Sometimes I need to be stern to get their attention.
My daughter – in fits of self-absorption – has turned to walk away as I am in the middle of speaking to her. You better believe she does not get away with that. Have I ever grabbed her t-shirt as Rosie appears to be doing in that picture? I don’t know for sure, but I bet I have. I may have even grabbed her arm to stop her from walking away.
For a magazine to publish those pictures with that headline accompanying it is shameful, irresponsible, and more damaging to that boy than anything his parents could do. His friends are going to see and read that. His teachers, community members, and well…the entire free world are also going to see it. One of my children’s fears is that, if necessary, I will reprimand them in front of their friends, my friends, or our family. It is mortifying to them. Now that poor boy has his picture splashed on the front of a magazine so the entire world can see him being reprimanded by his mother.
Bullying? No. Not by his mother anyway – but by a big corporation that will sacrifice the well being of a child in exchange for a few bucks.
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. ~Abraham Lincoln