Of course you’re familiar with the concept of child abuse. Everyone is. I, am ashamed to say, am a victim of the converse concept – Parent Abuse.
My husband says it’s all my fault. That I shouldn’t ‘take it’. But if you’ve ever been the subject of a public tantrum with your kids you will know that it isn’t that easy to defuse the situation without thrashing your kid publicly or outright abandoning the truant minor and making a dash for the nearest mental asylum.
Yes, I admit, my kids have actually dared to lift a hand to me. But I am pretty bad at handling the situation. I’m sure that the Super Nanny would have so terrific pointers for me – but to be honest – I’m not all that keen to take advice from someone who doesn’t actually have to take my kids home when they leave the TV show filming for day.
I for one would never have even dared to smack, kick or pinch my parents – but this ‘new generation’ seems to be a different breed. Not to mention the fact that the new breed of parent is not as uptight, strict, unforgiving and unswerving as our parents’ generation.
I ask myself where I’m possibly going wrong all the time. I must be to blame for this unacceptable behaviour – that my kids literally kick me when I’m down. What’s your take on this and what would you do if you kid ‘abused’ you in any way? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!