A mom-of-two has sparked a very feisty debate among her fellow parents after candidly revealing the very divisive parenting techniques she uses to raise her children – including teaching her kids to hit bullies.
Jaiden George, a stay-at-home mom from Oklahoma, has proven that she is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers by sharing her controversial views on TikTok.
The 25-year-old, who is mom to two boys – aged five and 12 months – has garnered viral fame with her strong opinions.
These include never allowing sleepovers, not forcing her children to eat their vegetables and allowing the whole family sleep in one room.
Speaking of her attitude toward self-defense with bullies, Jaiden shared: ‘I don’t regret my decision in what I have taught my son.
‘People think there are other ways to handle bullies, such as telling an adult or walking away. But the thing with bullies is that they don’t go away.
‘They find their target and are set on it. They will keep coming back if you do not defend yourself.
‘Growing up, nobody ever taught me that I could defend myself physically or verbally and a lot of the time, I would just stand there.’
Her eldest son was diagnosed with learning disabilities, with Jaiden believing the need for self-defense is even more crucial.
‘In our case, my five-year-old has ADHD and autism and with that diagnosis, there is even a higher likelihood of being the victim of [bullying].
‘Not only will teaching him self-defense for bullies be beneficial, but also later in life, if he ever needed to use self-defense, he would be prepared on how to react.
‘I think there are some parents out there that believe physical altercation is prohibited, but honestly, their kids are probably the so-called bullies.’
She shared some of her other parenting no-nos, including not allowing sleepovers and not forcing her boys to clear their dinner plates.
‘People tend to think if you don’t allow your child to be a child and do things a child does, you’re being a helicopter parent or restricting them from experiences.
‘Some people believe that you should force your children to sit and eat no matter what you have cooked them.
‘I would rather make another small meal for him, than give him a lifetime’s worth of trauma by yelling and forcing.
‘I won’t let my kids have sleepovers, as you need to worry about the parents, the siblings, or absolutely anyone who might come into that home that you have no idea about.
‘I will not allow my children to be exposed to that, as we do not have those same morals in our household.’
The final thing that she dished the dirt on is her family’s sleeping arrangements because she believes that the whole family achieves a better night’s sleep together.
‘As newborns, I always had such bad anxiety for their safety when [they’re] not next to me.
‘My babies and also myself have always gotten a better night’s sleep when co-sleeping.
‘I also breastfeed, so having my baby so close was just that much more convenient when it comes to overnight feedings.
‘A lot of people think that co-sleeping is unsafe for a lot of reasons.
‘I use the Safe Sleep Seven, which is guidelines to safely sleep with newborns [and] younger children.
‘My five-year-old will sleep in his own bed, from time to time, but always ends up in our bed by the end of the night.’
Safe Sleep Seven is a ‘series of guidelines designed to make bed sharing safer for a baby and their parents,’ according to Healthline.
It includes no smoking in or out of the house and no alcohol as well as the mother nursing both day and night.
It also recommends having the baby sleep on their back and keeping the baby lightly dressed with no swaddling in order to prevent sweating.