Why Are People So Mad About the Way Snooki Handled Her Son's Tantrum?
The former "Jersey Shore" star got mom-shamed on Instagram for seeming to ignore her kid's fit while she took a selfie. But was she really in the wrong?
When Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi posted a mirror selfie on Instagram over the weekend, haters quickly took to the comment section to malign her for the fact that her son was having a full-on throw-himself-on-the-floor tantrum while she was busy posing.
"Sunday funday!" Snooki captioned the pic. "Don't mind my tantrum kid in the back."
TBH, I thought the post was pretty funny. But a bunch of Polizzi's followers did NOT, and wasted no time in telling the mom-of-two that she should pay more attention to her kids. Pretty judgmental and rude. Which is why the former J. Shore star—never a fan of biting her tongue—couldn't help but clap back.
"Pay attention to my kids?" she wrote. "Excuse me, but are you in my house seeing what kind of mother I am? Go enjoy your Sunday instead of talking sh-- to me on an Instagram photo."
You go, girl! While it's not generally a good idea to engage Internet trolls, I totally get Snooki's frustration at the ridiculous mom-shaming going on here. My son is a tantrum-thrower. Always has been. And the only reliable way we have found to get him to stop is to basically ignore him. So I back up this bold mama 1,000 percent.
Other fans came to Snooki's rescue in the comments, too.
"Don't listen to the haters!" wrote one. "Kids throw fits. It's what they do. You can't be expected to stop your entire life for every fit. Selfie on, girl."
Another added: "Giving in to every tantrum will just spoil a child and create more meaningless tantrums. When my son throws a tantrum because he doesn't get his way, I ignore him. Typically within 10-15 minutes, he calms down and usually even apologizes."
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And from a third: "I'm pretty sure you're not a mom until you have a selfie with your child throwing a temper tantrum in the background or a room filled with toys on the floor. If that makes me a bad mom then I'll take it!"
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.