When your child gets hurt, I know, as a mom of 4 little ones, that all you want to do is scoop them up, cuddle them, kiss them, and make them feel all better. You want to scare away the monsters and be their hero. You want to do all you can to protect them and make their boo-boos go away. That's part of what being a good, responsible parent is.
But as your child gets older you need to let go a bit and allow them to deal with some of those hurts all on their own. You need to step back, as they grow. And as hard as it may be as a parent, you need to allow them to learn to be their own person by not coddling them for every cut, scrape, or bad dream. This is also part what being a good, responsible parent is.
When they reach adulthood you hope that you did a good enough job that, when they leave and go out into the real world, you have equipped them well enough to deal with all the shit that they will inevitably encounter throughout their lives. That you have taught them not to sweat the small stuff in life, and to have a healthy self-esteem. You hope that you taught them to be strong, confident, and rational enough to function as a productive member of society, and to not be a perpetual victim.
But, some parents are abject failures, such as Jen McCreight's father. He has written a short blog post for and about Jen. He has come to her rescue, like a parent does for their small child, only Jen is not a child... She is an adult. Well, an adult in the sense that she is over 18 and looks older than 12. But apparently she still needs daddy to come to her rescue when she gets emotional. She still needs daddy to kiss her boo-boos and frighten the monsters away. She needs this because her daddy failed as a parent and never equipped his daughter with the tools she needs to get through life. It's quite sad, and a great example of bad parenting.
When you coddle your kids constantly, refuse to see them as their own person, and feel the need to constantly prop up their ego, you get people like Jen. Jen should be completely embarrassed by the fact that her father wrote what he did. If she had any self-esteem she'd be furious that her daddy felt he had to come out and publicly chide everyone as if we are all 5 year olds because she got a boo-boo. She doesn't because she is just like a child, and doesn't see her daddy saying what he did as him actually infantilizing her.
This has to be the most pathetic thing I have yet to see. A grown woman being rescued by her daddy. It's a fucking joke, and speaks volumes as to why she can't handle the slightest little bump in the road. She is completely incapable of functioning as an adult. I rather pity her, and that is not a good thing.
Congratulations daddy dearest, and thank you for proving once and for all how completely incapable your little Jen really is.