Parents are being warned not to stage frightening Grinch Christmas photoshoots with their children, with claims it’s traumatising and increases their risk of anxiety and depression.
Christmas Grinch photos have become increasingly popular, with many parents opting for the tongue-in-cheek snaps instead of traditional Christmas photos. The shoots start off innocently enough, with kids assuming they’re taking happy snaps for the family Christmas card. But things soon take a turn when The Grinch sneaks up from behind, scaring the children. And kids literally fall all over themselves trying to get away.
Parents have taken to social media sharing videos and images of their children frantically running from The Grinch, in what many describe as harmless fun. Which is exactly what Samantha Anderson did on TikTok, with her video amassing more than 12 million views.
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Her video also attracted the attention of Dr Kali, MD an Adult and Adolescent Psychiatrist who called out parents for allowing their kids to take part in the photoshoots.
“I’m a paediatric psychiatrist and this is traumatic for children. You are their protector, so them seeing you stand by and laugh while they’re being attacked by a stranger is traumatic. Parents, please don’t do this.”
But many of the comments sided with the parents, claiming that there’s nothing traumatising about the satirical photoshoots.”I’m a clinical professional and certified in trauma treatment,” one person commented.”Calm down. Life is about building resilience.”
“I can’t stand 2021,” wrote Madison. “The fact that everything needs to be tiptoed and roses and butterflies is so sad. It’s a joke. It’s funny. They will be ok.”
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Samantha herself responded to the negativity, with another video of happy snaps of her children, stating “Please enjoy this video of my traumatised children living their best life.”
But Dr Kali isn’t backing down, claiming the consequences of allowing children to be frightened while parents look on are wide-reaching.
“This video wasn’t specifically about The Grinch, though it was a good example. It was a video about how parents intentionally put their children in a position for them to be scared. And yes, in some cases, attacked, while their parents stand by and laugh and not rescue them.
“Children, especially at a young age, do not have the intellectual capacity to deconstruct what happened. So they quite literally feel like they’re running for their lives while their parents stand by and laugh. And do you know what the fear of being killed increases their risk for? PTSD, anxiety, phobias, depression. So parents, please don’t do this or they might end up in my office.”
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