Show of hands: Who here is guilty of a parent fail? Yup, pretty much everybody, ever. A dad friend of mine once admitted to looking the other way when his 2-year-old bypassed the chicken on her plate and ate only ketchup for dinner. A mom I know told her child that people only have birthday parties every five years. And just the other day, I bribed my kid into going to camp by promising him a Starbucks cake pop.
But Gemma Colley may have us all beat. Earlier this week, the British mama got a spray tan, then went home to her two kiddos. A few hours later, her baby boy was hungry, so Colley began breastfeeding him. When the infant was done, he pulled back and revealed a Jon Hamm-esque five o'clock shadow.
Oops! Lucky for us, the good-natured Colley shared her self-described "epic fail of fails" on The Unmumsy Mum's Facebook page, writing, "I had a spray tan, a few hours later I breastfed my little boy. Cue 5 o'clock shadow and a very guilty mummy. Lesson to you all. Don't do this." Naturally, the Internet has totally embraced the photo: As of this writing, it's been shared over 43,000 times and liked by 161,560 people.
Of course, there's no telling how many of those people may also have been a little freaked out at the sight of Baby Colley's face smeared with a bunch of chemicals. Rest assured, it looks worse than it probably is. "There isn't any research that we're aware of about whether artificial tanning products affect infants, but since this is a one-time event with a limited amount of product, it probably isn't harmful," says Diana West, IBCLC, director of media relations for La Leche League International. "The most important takeaway is that the tanning product shows that this mother responded to her baby's need to nurse, which is always a wonderful thing."
I want to hear from you: What's your worst parenting fail? Share it in the comments below!
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
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Image: Gemma Colley via Facebook