Oh, this has got to hurt for everyone involved. There are new rumors suggesting that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice’s 12-year-old daughter Gia is being bullied at her school because of her mother’s fame. Now, before we get into the logistics of it, let’s read this little excerpt from Radar Online:
“The show has been greatly effecting her daughter Gia at school. She’s being teased by the other kids and Teresa even had to go to the school to meet with teachers about it.”
But the source says Teresa won’t give up the notoriety and satisfaction she gets from being on the show.
“If your daughter’s happiness and safety isn’t enough reason to get off the show, then I don’t know what is,” the source said.
To put it simply, bullies breed bullies. I seriously doubt 11- or 12-year-old kids from Gia’s school tune in to Bravo to watch a bunch of 40- and 50-something ladies battle it out on the Real Housewives of New Jersey every week. These kids are more likely watching iCarly and Wizards of Wavery Place than a show produced by Andy Cohen. If it is indeed true that Gia is being bullied at school, it’s because the parents of these children are making hurtful comments about the Giudice family within earshot of their children and these kids are of course copying their parents’ behavior and taking it out on Gia, who obviously didn’t sign up for any of this.
And while there is a lot that can be said about Teresa and her family and whether or not her kids should be on the show in the first place, we as parents only have the power to control what comes out of the mouth of our own children. I sometimes find my own two children repeating the words I say out of my mouth (and no, not the words that you might be thinking of), and simply cannot blame my children’s behavior on any other child, television show, or influence in their lives when 95 percent of the time they end up emulating me. As my husband loves to say, children are like our mirror drives and download all of their information from us, their two parents, or whoever their caregiver might be.
Now, don’t get me wrong here: I’m not Team Teresa, Team Melissa or Team New Jersey for that matter. Instead, let’s just look at why and how these kids are bullying the child of a reality television star. Sure, part of the reason why might be because her private life is plastered for one hour a week on television, with the other reason being because we are allowing this type of behavior to go on. Rather than vocally complaining about a celebrity or writing endless comments about why we don’t like them very much, how about we just simply turn off the television all together? That might solve the issue right there. If we don’t like these reality television stars and their shows, then why are we watching them in the first place?
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