Tiger parents, listen up: it’s time to let your kids’ teachers discipline your children in school if they misbehave.
That is the message of a mother whose Facebook post on the Childcare in Singapore group went viral, hitting more than 2,400 likes and 1,000 shares as of press time.
In the post written on Friday (Dec 7), parent Ms Jacklyn Kong urged other parents not to be upset with teachers when they discipline their children but to encourage them instead to give the tough love that the child needs.
“If we as parents truly love our children, we need to empower the villagers around us to love our children too instead of raining bricks on them when they try,” said Ms Kong.
“We should not get upset with (the teachers) when all they have are good intentions.”
She was reacting to an incident this past week where her own daughter got scolded by her teacher in childcare.
Apparently, Ms Kong found out that her daughter spat into another classmate’s face when he was trying to console her by crying.
She was told this by the childcare’s assistant teacher, who apologised for scolding her daughter.
“I told (the teacher), with all my blessings, that if my child does wrong, she ought to be disciplined, and that the teacher should not and does not have to apologise for it,” said Ms Kong.
At this point, the teacher began to cry as a sign of relief according to Ms Kong, after the parent witnessed the teacher scolding her daughter.
“What have we done as a society, such that teachers have to be afraid to do their jobs?” she added.
Ms Kong, who is a secondary school teacher, said she has met parents who blame teachers for the attitude problems of their children but do not agree that teachers should scold their children.
She firmly believes “disciplining our children is loving them” and urged parents to protect teachers who are trying to teach children how to be a better person.
“The teachers who love and teach our children, should not have to live in fear when they teach our children to be better people,” she said.
The post has gotten love from parents who agree that teachers should be given the authority to discipline children.
The next time you meet your child’s teacher, give them the support they need so your child doesn’t end up growing up to become a huge asshole. Society thanks you in advance.