I don’t mean putting name stickers on them, that is a good idea when you need to know a child’s name at a glance.
What I am talking about is when journalists write stories about their children, I am assuming for cash, with headlines that scream “My demon daughter”. Labelling children with a tag, a name that is less than complimentary.
Now that particular child is six. Is she really a demon? Really?
She has older brothers, three of them. Are they going to show her that? Are they going to read chunks of it out to her and let her know what her mum thinks of her and has done in return for cash? Will children in her class be told she is not to be invited home for tea by parents who have read it?
I can’t help thinking that that surely if we label a child as demonic then anything they do that we feel confirms that is going to reinforce the label. Rather than thinking “this is just a six year old being six” it becomes “her being demonic again”.
So is she demonic? Or is she a little girl craving attention? Or who maybe has an underlying, as yet, undiagnosed medical condition. I am not saying for one minute she is not getting attention, or that she does have a medical condition but what is it going to do to her long term mental health to be called this?
To know that her mum virtually pays her friends to take the poor girl off her hands for an evening so she can sit at home and have a family night in without her daughter?
The world being told that she is being “pushed up the stairs to bed”? What on earth?!!!
Who the hell pushes their child up the stairs?
And that not only that but that you use this as a way to make money.
All she does is scream, wail and scratch her brothers
Seriously? That is ALL she does? Ever?
If it is true, that is not normal behaviour for a six year old so you should consider why it is happening.
And if it isn’t true, well why say it?