A mom's blog goes viral after she says her children are not the center of her world.
A couple of years ago, this mom started her blog to keep her friends and family up to date about what was going on in her household. She had only a few followers until late last month. That's when 29-year-old Stephanie Metz of Rapid City, South Dakota posted an article called "Why the Kids Are Not the Center of My World."
The post struck a major chord, getting nearly a million hits.
In the article, she talks about how parents are making life too easy for their kids. Therefore, by not making her kids the center of her world, she says she is helping them learn essential life skills.
For example, she says:
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?
Metz even addressed the recent bullying stories that have gained national attention.
There was a time - not too long ago - when bullying was defined as slamming someone up against a locker and stealing their lunch money. There was a time when kids got called names and got picked on, and they brushed it off and worked through it (ask me how I know this). Now, if Sally calls Susie a b*tch (please excuse my language if that offends you), Susie's whole world crumbles around her, she contemplates suicide, and this society encourages her to feel like her world truly has ended, and she should feel entitled to a world-wide pity party. And Sally - phew! She should be jailed! She should be thrown in juvenile detention for acting like - gasp - a teenage girl acts.
Metz says this is a philosophy she learned from her parents, and she and her husband are using it on their own boys. "My kids are not the center of my world because I love them enough not to allow them to be," she concludes.
Despite the controversy, a lot of people have also come out in support of Metz on her blog. FrugalSheila writes, There are so many skills and lessons they must learn, and if we rescue them, they can't learn."
Kara wrote, "As a preschool teacher I cannot tell you how much I wish other parents raised their children this way."