Jenny McCarthy Shares Heartbreaking Confession About Son Evan

jenny mccarthy sonAbout half of all children will experience bullying in their lives and at least 10 percent of them experience it on a regular basis. Oftentimes, parents don't think it can happen to or around their children, but chances are most kids will encounter it at one point. Most recently, celeb mom Jenny McCarthy has voiced her thoughts on the issue when she revealed that her son Evan, who has autism, has been bullied in camp without even realizing it.

On Monday's edition of The View, Jenny came clean about the troubles. Apparently, she received an email from the camp that said that Evan's "friends" might actually be bullying him.

In the heartbreaking confession, she went on to say that Evan's "main goal is to make as many friends as possible" and that "they're laughing at him but he laughs too."

And that's where her struggle truly is: how to tell Evan that the comments and actions of his "friends" are actually forms of bullying? Or should she even tell him?

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Sadly, this is not a celebrity-only issue. Regular moms are in McCarthy's boat quite often. So what can we do?

While it's undoubtedly difficult to see your child being hurt, it's also important to make them aware of how hurtful the remarks can actually be. And it's usually not too difficult to notice when these comments end up taking a toll on your kid. Your child might give up signs that he or she is being bullied, whether it's through their sudden changes in friends, tastes, fashion choices, grades, or eating habits, and that's when it's time for parents to step in and start a conversation.

Calmly, bring up the topics casually and never interrogate. Ask them to explain what is happening at school, camp, a friend's house, and continue with open-ended questions to get the full story. Only then can you form your own opinion and start communicating with teachers, counselors, and other parents.

How do you talk to your children about bullying?


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fave82 fave82

I'm sure disclosing her kids problem on national tv will be super helpful.

OneTo... OneToughMami

Didn't she disclose her son did not actually have autism?

nonmember avatar Deanna

Oh, so he's autistic again? Didn't she previously say that she cured him with a certain diet?

TheRa... TheRaiderMama

Can't believe anything she had to say.


ermka ermka

I'm attempting to be sympathetic, because as a victim of bullying I'm aware how traumatizing it can be. However, JM revealed not long ago that her son doesn't actually have autism but another disorder, after spending years on an anti-vax awareness campaign. Now that she doesn't have that controversial issue to fall back on, it would seem that she has moved on to another hot topic of our current generation. Again making her son the scapegoat of her plight.

lasombrs lasombrs

Reguardless of her son having autism or not, mine does and this is an issue i come acorss alot. Kids pick on him and then laugh, and he bursts out laughing as well thinking its the right thing to do which only makes the other kids laugh harder and he doesnt seem to understand :(

nonmember avatar Yalify

This happened to our son who was diagnosed with Asperger's in second grade (they have now done away with that diagnosis and are calling kids with Asperger's "high functioning autistic"). Anyway, in fourth grade he rode the bus to school and back with K-5th graders. The older kids would encourage him to do inappropriate things and laugh and/or give him money. Something like, "I'll give you a dollar if you pick your nose and eat it" and when he did, they would laugh and he would laugh and think it was a big joke. He didn't realize it was at his expense. Another child told his parents who in turn told us and we stopped having him ride the bus. It makes the mornings and afternoons more difficult for us, but if it saves him from being embarrassed and ridiculed, it is worth it.

nonmember avatar ksmp0204

It doesn't matter if she was given the wrong diagnosis. Her book has helped parents reverse signs of autism in their children. I have met mothers who have found the advice in her book very helpful. Now to the point of the story, maybe she put herself out there to share what's happening because other parents may go through the same thing and this could open the dialogue. There are always such negative comments coming from adults and we wonder why bullying is mimic the adults.

Tal0n Tal0n

Thought his "autism" was "cured".

squee... squeekumsaus

Ahh Jenny's missing camera time.hey? Didn't she 'cure' his autism ?

The woman is bat shit crazy and she shouldn't be advertising her son as media fodder if she is so worried about bullying

Dangerous woman, who has helped spead preventable diseases with her anti vax ljes

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