Are parents really getting too ‘lazy’ and ‘enabling’? Supernanny Jo Frost can’t help but wonder whether parents are doing their right thing when it comes to raising their children.
She took her question to Twitter where she described how some teachers are forced to potty train five-year-olds because they weren’t taught how to reach such important milestones at home.
Explaining she wasn’t referring to special needs kids, the supernanny tweeted the following controversial message:
“Toddlers still on pacifiers; teachers potty training 5YO; 6YO still in pushchairs; bottoms still being wiped at 7YO.
“Have parents become lazy, enabling, too helpful to please? What is your take on this all, would love to hear your thoughts please.”
Many parents as well as other social media users quickly responded and agreed with Frost. Most of them were suggesting that ‘lazy parenting’ is to blame.
“Wow that is all so wrong! How embarrassing going to school & not being toilet trained.
“Not fair on the child. I accept some circumstances can’t be helped though. However no excuse for lazy parenting,” one user wrote.
“Lazy parenting!! My almost 3 year old tries to wipe his own bottom (I help occasionally) and is toilet training! Wouldn’t dream of sending him to school not able to do either!!” another one added.
Some users, however, suggested that there may be other reasons such as different development times behind the issue. “Although it’s not ideal – sometimes children take a bit longer or parents circumstances don’t make it possible. Not always about laziness in my opinion,” one of them wrote.
“I don’t believe in pushing children to do something just because they have reached a certain age. If you push some kids too soon it just puts them back,” another commented.
Agreeing with the expert who advised parents to help children get out of a pushchair as soon as possible, Jo said:
“Saving time, finding excuses, robs our children of learning what is needed for them to thrive with their development.
“Find the middle ground parents, say NO to polarizing parenting.”
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