Bruce Willis says he taught his three daughters how to stand up to bullies at a very young age, but I just don’t think his plan would actually work!
With a lot of news reports focusing on bullying lately, it is nice to hear celebrity parents talking about the advice they give their children on how to avoid being put into a difficult situation. But only when that advice is useful. Tough guy Bruce Willis says that he taught his and ex-wife Demi Moore‘s daughters, Rumer, 22, Scout, 19, and Tallulah, 16, how to defend themselves against high school thugs at an early age. “I taught them a little thing when they were young and they can actually protect themselves now,” the 55-year-old Die Hard star said on Britain’s Daybreak TV show. Bruce’s advice: Confront the bully and scream in their face! But I really don’t think that’s a good idea.
“Walk up to any guy who is shoving [you] around in the playground and scream in their face, ‘It’s not OK to be mean,’” Bruce says, stressing, “It works too. It’s not OK to be mean.” Alright Bruce, maybe this works for your kids, considering their parents are megastar celebrities, but for most youngsters this would be a bigger excuse to get pushed around!
“What you have to do is get right up to their face and scream at the top of your lungs, ‘Hey! It’s not OK to be mean!’ Bruce exclaims, really getting worked up about it.
Here’s what I think: If someone being picked on got in the face of their bully and screamed this at the top of their lungs, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t get away without a fight. Bullies these days are relentless and if you tick them off, it won’t matter what you yell in their face! Take it from me, walking away is their best bet — be the bigger person!
So Bruce, your daughters may not “see dead people,” but I think they will be seeing stars if they take your advice! And if you get mad at me for this, I’ll remember your words of wisdom –“It’s not OK to be mean, Bruce!”