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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota mother is the target of both praise and criticism after she blogged that kids being bullied should toughen up.

Stephanie Metz's wide-ranging post spread on Facebook after she shared a link that was as much about oversensitive modern parents as it was about kids.

The 29-year-old Rapid City woman says it's not the job of parents to be their children's friends and make life easy for them. She says kids need to deal with some hardships.

The Oct. 25 post on "The Metz Family" blog was titled "Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World."

Metz said she doesn't condone violence but also doesn't think parents should let their kids shut down when someone's mean to them.

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