"So cute but at the same time he ugly," one commenter wrote.
Instead of attacking the awful Internet troll, Knowles decided to use her response not only to stand up for her son, but to hopefully create a teaching moment for many. The proud mama wrote:
"Jussst as I thought it was safe to share pictures again, a young'n like you decides to use her time to spread ugliness. I don't fault you, I can only imagine why you would feel the need to say such things, but thanks again for being a reminder that out of all the love and wonderful energy shared, that when I open up a space for an innocent beautiful being like my boy to be criticized and judged, that I WILL most likely respond, and that he receives enough love and celebration at home that it's just not worth it to go down this road. I hope that this really resonates with you and you make better decisions in the future towards how you use your words towards innocent children. And @ro.rxd get ya friend because this could have truly gone south if I was in the wrong mood."
Whew! I'm not sure I'd be able to take the high road if someone wrote something nasty about one of my kids. Because, let's face it, it's lower than low to go after someone's child. But the truth is, an act of aggression like that says more about the person writing the comment than the object of her words.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.