Meshel Laurie has a self-proclaimed “inner bogan”.
She’s also a comedian, author, television host and podcast presenter, but recently, when faced with her child being bullied at school, she says she let her “inner bogan” take over.
The 42-year-old mum of primary-school aged twins, Dali and Louis, earlier this month posted on Twitter about a situation that brought out her fighting instincts. In a thread, she explained that her son had taken a home made chocolate chip cookie to school, and another kid had decided to bully him about what he thought was an unhealthy snack.
Reflecting on how much school has changed from the times when kids didn’t comment on each other’s recess options, Laurie admitted that she very much wanted to tell her son that he should respond to such comments in the future with a simple, but effective, “F***k off.”
Despite her natural maternal instinct to aggressively defend her offspring, Laurie wrote, “I know I can’t, though…It’s hard being a bogan parent sometimes.”
My son was bullied at school today because he had an unhealthy snack. (Homemade chic chip cookie. 1.)
School. Has. Changed.
— Meshel Laurie (@Meshel_Laurie) June 4, 2018
Speaking to Mamamia‘s parenting podcast This Glorious Mess, Laurie laughed about her tweet; “I know I tweeted that I wanted to tell my my son to tell the kid to ‘f off’, but in reality, I did tell my kid to tell the other kid to ‘f off’.”
Explaining that whilst she’s impressed with most modern schools’ conciliatory and measured approach to bullying, when it happened to her child, “My bogan colours came out, and my ’80s background did too.”
Laurie said what she was taught about how to handle bullies was very different to current attitudes.