Godsmack Frontman: 'Kids Are Too Protected Nowadays'

Sully Erna said that growing up around drugs, gangs and crime made him a better man - would you take his parenting advice?

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Godsmack frontman Sully Erna says kids are "too protected" these days.

Speaking to the Weed Street Journal, Erna said this:

"I was raised in a tough neighborhood, where there was a lot of drugs, gangs and crime. It made me who I am today. I think that parents should let their children lose at board games and such. Otherwise, they grow up being spoiled and unaware of the real world."

But leaving kids to lose at games and such isn't enough - he believes there needs to be some parenting too:

"I think parents should sit their kids down and talk to them when they lose at baseball or whatever. Otherwise, when they grow up, they can't accept it when they go to a job interview but don't get the job."

Obviously his comments should be taken with a fistful of salt, but what do you think? Are kids wrapped in too much cotton to experience life, or do most parents get it right?

Meanwhile, Erna plants to record another solo album after the one he's just completed.

"I want to do it all. I want to play music, write, act, do a soundtrack," he said. "I just finished this album and we are just starting the tour for it. It's in the future. I want the brand Sully Erna to continue to grow."

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    If my parents hadn't given me the room to make my own mistakes I wouldn't be who I am today. I got to skin my knees, learned competetiveness, and determination, and what it means to make my own money. As I look at the younger generation I wonder why the screaming kid at the grocery store doesn't get their ass swated. Trust me builds character
    this is so true. i'm 17, and i wasn't exactly raised this way, but i know people, and i can definately stand on the side that he is presenting.
    He makes good points. I have several small kids, and they are starting to play town soccer. Every kid gets a small trophy at the end of the season for participating. It irks me when they go "look, I won a trophy!", especially when it's my one kid who didn't really seem too keen on participating.... My wife thinks I'm a curmudgeon, but I think our kids need to realize things are earned, not given for just showing up.
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    Your right. Whoever thought of the idea to give a trophy for 'participation' is a strange kind of stupid. Kids should just get it straight "you didn't get a trophy because you are crap, when you get better you can have a trophy". It's just setting up children for an adulthood where they think they should get something for nothing, which never turns out good.
    I have to disagree with your trophy comparison. sports are for kids to get exersizes and have fun. they need to get trophy's because it's part of the fun. parents that take sports to seriously scares kids away from sports...and they are crucial in developing atletism, endurance, and friendships. it's not about winning until the kids get much older. it pisses me off to see parents or coaches ruining the fun ofchildhood activities
    If a kid is a benchwarmer who isn't getting any exercise it's more than wrong to reward them anyways and that's what everyone is talking about. You get rewarded for effort in real life. I can see getting a trophy for being a team player, but if a parent enrolls a kid and they don't do a thing for the team, it makes all the hardworking kids feel like their efforts are pointless. There's negative aspects all around and I think the kids that do their job are the ones that deserve it.
    when theyre kids it doesn't matter if they're good or not. and it's wrong to make a kid a benchwarmer...teaching tough real life lessons in sports isn't the best ( in my opinion) until middle school at least. I really think that people lose sight of the actual reason to play sports...to have fun
    i agree with his point but im not sure what him growing up around drugs, gangs, and crime has to do with letting kids lose at board games and sports.
    Back in the 80's, drugs, gangs and crime was the obsession - and because of this, was a hard time too. When adults are near to or have children, they don't want that dangerous time happening to THEM, so because of this worry, these parents/volunteers decide to be super-protective in this way - to the point infact of letting a 5-year-old win something without effort. When it comes to sports, they get trophies for participating, but really it's only because of their parents managing to have the nerve to let their children go outside for an hour. Watch 'One Summer', then watch 'Eastenders'. The difference compared to how protective the parents are on the two series = staggering. Remember, parents today are 'over-do-ing it'! But, don't worry, the generation hasn't broken just yet - the chances are this generation's children will be a lot more free and widespread, due to the future's parents not having scary thoughts stuck in their minds. So, for your part - just hope for the best and have your fingers crossed that the next generation will have a more out-going future in the meantime, instead of having the long-gone past!
    Kid'should be around death metal alot. Not sissy pop. Strenghtin them up a bit.
    Kidding aside, I kinda agree with this too. My wife plays all kid music and pop stuff [Katy Perry, Taylor Swift] in her car, but I play classic rock, Soundgarden, Metallica, Tool, Meshuggah for them in mine. One of my kids asked the other day, when Meshuggah was on, "Is that boy singing angry?". I said, "Maybe. There are people a lot worse off in the world than we are [not making any judgement on Meshuggah here, just making a point to her], and sometimes they make angry music to tell how they feel." She seemed to get it. As a parent, that's all you can do - keep trying to make them aware of the real world, without scaring them too bad.
    Words of wisdom Mr. Erna ^_^ Can't wait for his second solo CD either! Avalon was incredible!
    All of us know someone that fits the profile Sully is talking about...the kids with the helicopter parents grow up to be entitled bastards and bitches.
    Best thing I've read all day and the most accurate statement I've heard in a long time.
    Not gonna lie, he makes a very good point, and if anyone knows where he grew up it was Lawrence, Massachusetts, and if anyone knew that town well enough, then theyd know. I live about half an hr away from there so id know.
    my 2 year old son plays baseball all day and loves the beatles. have no video games -never will, same with my 5 month old daughter .drugs is why america is inthe fix it's in.metal music isn't for kids either wait till there older geez.
    Kids might be kinda protected nowadays, but they have the internet. I've been more desensitized and accepting of awful things growing up with this wonderful abomination and I'm sure the younger generations have more of that. Though I do agree being in a household where you see people failing at life with drug addictions or other bad habits opens your eyes to what you don't want to do. It did for me at least!
    the world doesn't take place on the internet, if it does become that way it is not a world in which i want to live in
    Of course the kids that listen to his music are the sheltered ones. they're the kids who listen to his lyrics and listen to all these other nerd-metal bands and instead of drawing any genuine meaning from them they'll relate the lyrics to that time mommy confiscated their cell phone for a week. If this guy wants to raise a progressive and independent generation he's playing the wrong kinda music. Unfortunate as it is nu-metal/nerd-metal will always be lumped with the kids that get sheltered their whole lives.
    Wrong! I don't know where you got that from. I'm 15 years of age, and obviously, The Beatles is nothing like metal. Or Mozart. Or The Hollies.
    This is what I keep saying to my parents... Answer = no reply - time and time again.
    I'll add though, there is some genuine truth to what he is saying - his own childhood lends him some pretty substantial credibility. And it's not his fault that the people who listen to his music are the people he is talking about... it's just something I've noticed. Call it a generalisation. It kinda is, I guess.
    not a big godsmack fan and especially not a fan of him, but he does make a good point