There has been some controversy over the following video:
The mother who taped this video has had a lot of back lash about it. She has been called a horrible mother and they have criticized her bad parenting for doing nothing while her daughter cried.
This is the mothers response to people’s reactions as posted on Babble : “First I was angry – clearly this person didn’t have kids or they would know that coddling your child isn’t the answer to stopping every tantrum a 2-year-old has. I’ll let this roll off my shoulders… wait… people think I’m a bad mom after watching this? Hold the Internet presses. We’re shutting down. No more video. No shows, no news reports. What if social services calls and says I’m raising my child incorrectly? Can I possibly defend myself?”
I’m personally shocked. I am shocked that she’s getting this backlash. Anyone with a toddler knows that tantrums can be a daily occurrence. And I, personally, have actually tapped one of my kids (who shall remain nameless) because said child had legendary 45 minute tantrums that just didn’t stop. And I agree with the mother when she says these people obviously don’t have any children otherwise they would know a tantruming child is better left ignored.
With what I read about how strict (sometimes overly so) the authorities are in the states I am pretty sure if they saw my home videos I would be in trouble. I have taped tantrums. I have taped my toddler jumping off a couch onto a pile of pillows, then missing the pillows and hitting the coffee table thankfully without major incident (I have since deleted that video cause it’s not so nice to watch). I have taped them having a tug of war over a toy. All these things won’t kill them. I see them as proof of my kids resilience, fantastic examples of fearlessness and childhood memories.
What do you think? Is it bad parenting of just totally blown out of proportion?