GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- I post about my kids A LOT on social media. Bottom line is they are cute and I love them and want to share their awesomeness with my “friends” and family. I’m not the only one. According to recent headlines and social media buzz, an Australian mother, Jade Ruthven, was stunned by a letter from a so called “friend“, that said photos of her baby daughter on Facebook were “p***ing a lot of people off”. The nerve!
So here’s what happened. A new mom was posting pictures and status updates on her Facebook page about her new baby. Totally normal! But, according to an article in ‘The Independent‘, she got the shock of her life when she received a letter stating:
“I have got together with a few of the girls and we are all SO OVER your running commentary of your life and every single thing Addy does,” it read.
“Look, we all have kids that we are besotted with – guess what – every parent thinks their kid is the best ever.
“But we don’t ram it down everyone else’s neck!!! She wears a new outfit – well take a photo and send it PRIVATELY to the person who gave it to her – not to everyone!!!
“She crawls off the mat – we DON’T CARE!!!!! She’s 6 months old – BIG DEAL!!!!”
I can’t even imagine what I would think if I received this! My first reaction mimics the responses she’s been getting from all over the internet. These people aren’t your true “friends”. You’re a proud mamma and it’s okay to show off your pride and joy. I think about how often I post about my kiddos. I’d say probably daily. They consume my life and they are my world, so I do what every mom does, I share their most precious moments on social media.
After scrolling through my own recent Facebook and Instagram feeds I would say 95 percent of my posts are pictures or status updates regarding my kids or motherhood. Everyone of those posts has dozens of likes and comments. I think it’s safe to presume our family and close friends who follow us on social media love to see and experience those sweet, funny moments through our feeds. If they don’t, they probably unfriend me. That’s fine. But since having kids my life has changed and those children are my life. So if you want to know my “status”, it’s something related to Easton and Kinsley.
Mother’s have united across the internet and started a “page” to show support. Hundreds of comments from other moms just like me showing encouragement. It seems like many moms feel like the person who penned the lettered was simply jealous. Maybe that’s the case, but honestly I think it was just a “mean girl” move. What I say to the woman who wrote it, (who was too cowardly to sign her name by the way) is this.
I will pray for you. I will pray that you learn to be a good friend. I will pray that you take a good hard look at your actions and realize how much your words hurt. I will pray that whatever is TRULY bothering you gets resolved. Because however annoying you think your friend was being doesn’t warrant the letter you wrote her. I will pray that you find peace in your own life and find a way to make this wrong, right.
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