Parent is labeled ‘disturbed’ for refusing to hug their nine-year-old son for being too ‘dependent’ – and insists hugs from his teacher ‘impede his emotional growth’
- An anonymous parent said they used to hug their nine-year-old son
- But son ‘became so dependent on me, he had trouble controlling his own emotions’ so they decided to ‘wean him off cuddles’
- When parents heard teacher hugging son, they were upset it ‘literally stunted his emotional growth’
- Reddit commentators have insisted that the parent needs therapy, pointing out that children need hugs
An anonymous parent has been called “disturbed” and “absolutely mental” for explaining that they “kicken off” their nine-year-old son from hugs because she decided to.
The parent, who didn’t share identifying details, explained the bizarre logic behind parenting tactics on Reddit this week.
They said their son is “having trouble controlling his own emotions” and will turn to his parents to calm down – but this parent decided it had been enough and they wouldn’t offer any more hugs to make the little boy feel better. to feel.
No love for you! An anonymous parent has been called ‘disturbed’ for explaining that they are ‘weaning’ their nine-year-old son from hugs because she decided (stock photo)
“My son is about 9 and a half years old,” they wrote.
“I hugged him all the time, and whenever he was even a little upset, he would come to me to calm him down.
“He became so dependent on me, he had trouble controlling his own emotions, to the point where he still had tantrums as a toddler (they haven’t completely stopped), so I started weaning him off hugs. ‘
While this may have been odd, the parent’s reason for posting wasn’t because they doubted it was right for them to withhold affection.
Rather, they were angry that their son got it from his teacher.
“I recently found out that he had been given hugs by his teacher,” they wrote. “Not only is this really weird, but it literally stunts his emotional growth.
Unsurprisingly, commentators are shocked by the parent’s behavior, calling them “disturbed” and “a terrible parent.”
“When I confronted her about it, she blew up and told me how 9 year olds ‘need’ hugs. I think that’s complete bulls***.’
The parent concluded, “I stopped being actively hugged when I was 6, and most 9-year-olds don’t have the same emotional issues as my son.”
Unsurprisingly, commentators are shocked by the parent’s behavior.
“If getting hugs hinders his emotional growth, you should get your child into therapy. Something is clearly not right in your household when it develops like this,” wrote one.
“Actually, psychologists say that children really need hugs for good emotional health,” agrees another.
Hugs don’t hinder emotional growth, but deprivation of kindness and human contact does. where did you get this idea?? People NEED hugs. Touch hunger is real,” wrote a third.
Others called the parents “insane” and “the biggest bastard,” with a rebuke: “You’re a terrible parent who needs serious help.”