The internet has pretty much become a necessity in today’s world. You can find literally any type of information you need, and all of the social media outlets available have made putting down your laptop or phone downright impossible. However, the internet is unfortunately a space for bullies as well. Keyboard warriors are always looking for someone to shame, and for whatever reason, mothers are a frequent target.
Karen Johnson was sick of being shamed online for being a busy mom. The working mother has opening admitted to taking “shortcuts” in order to make her life as parent easier. Needless to say, she’s been shamed for her “messy house” and other things that make her seem like an imperfect parent.
Instead of letting the haters get to her, Karen decided to get online and call out all of those mom-shamers in defense of her parenting choices. Her epic rant against all those judgmental parents has gone viral, and once you read it, you’ll see why.
“My house is never clean. Like ever. I have friends (with kids) whose houses are spotless. Are they better mothers than me? Nope. Am I a better mother than them? Nope.” her post begins.
“I work out every day. I have mom friends who don't exercise. (I mean other than running around like crazy people after their kids). Does that make either of us a better mom? Nope.” she writes.
Karen goes on to praise her friend who gave birth in the living room, but admits that they are both awesome moms even if Karen had her child in the hospital with an epidural.
“I drink a beer or glass of wine (sometimes in front of my kids!) on occasion. I'm a good mom. My neighbor and good friend doesn't drink. Also a good mom.” she reveals.
She opens about about being a “yeller”, while she knows other moms aren’t, that she doesn’t always buy super organic, healthy food, and that she sometimes swears in front of her kids. She strongly believes that none of these qualities make her a bad mother.
“Are stay-at-home moms better than working moms? NO.
Are working moms better than stay-at-home moms? NO.
Are married moms better than single moms? NO.
Are you a better mom if you take your kids on exotic vacations? NO.” she writes.
Karen thinks it’s great if you’re a mom who can only afford to take her kids to the park, she believes it’s okay to have a lazy summer with no activities planned, and she pushes for all backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual identities to be treated equally as parents.
It is clear that everyone handles being a mom and parent differently. There is no perfect method to being the world’s best mom, and Karen things we should build each other up instead of bring each other down.
She wraps up her post with some food for thought: “So how about this? Can we all climb down off judgmental mountain for a second? And just support one another? And just say, Hey, motherhood is hard. You're doing a good job. Raising kids can knock the wind out of a person. You got this.”
What do you think about Karen’s post?