7 Ways to Handle Social Media Mom-Shamers

Kids do the darndest things. Think about your own early days: Chances are you had some adorable little hijinks of your own. Of course, your mother didn’t have social media to share it on. We all know what happens when you post something that seems crazy-cute — everybody totally trolls you. When English singer, TV personality, and mom Kerry Katona shared a pic on IG of her daughter’s attempt to cut her own hair, she got some sweet, supportive comments. But she also got plenty of “Always keep scissors away from kids!” snarks. Yep, social media mom-shaming sucks. So we’ve got a few ways to deal with them.

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1. Ignore them. Done deal. Forget about those rude comments immediately after reading them. Sure, that’s easier said than done. But it’s completely possible. You post a pic and someone makes an odd, insensitive, or rude comment? Adopt a “who cares” attitude and — like Elsa says — let it go.

2. Kill them with kindness. Instead of freaking out and stringing together a sailor’s list of expletives, keep calm and reply with the kindest words you can muster. Maybe some stranger on FB just called you a “bad mom” when you posted a super-funny picture of your kiddo covered in tempera paints. Fight back the urge to call them a jerk (okay, that was the G-rated version of what you had in mind) and serenely write something such as, “Awww! Thanks for taking the time to comment.”

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