Public scrutiny is nothing new for celebrity moms — especially Chrissy Teigen. The expecting mom is constantly getting heat for her parenting decisions, and her recent Instagram with her daughter Luna is no exception.
Mommy shamers were up in arms after seeing a photo of Teigen going down the slide with her 1-year-old.
Commenters couldn’t stop themselves from offering unsolicited parenting advice and shaming the 32-year-old mom for putting her daughter in, what they believe, was a dangerous situation.
While your child actually can get injured going down the slide, it’s important to remember that we don’t know exactly what happened outside of the photograph and it’s unfair to make assumptions about Teigen as a parent based on one snapshot. Instead, take these words of advice from Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, so you can make the right parenting choice for your child and the specific situation next time you are at the park:
“It is likely safer for your child to go down the slide on their own as slide is designed with certain weight and size restrictions for young children in mind and parents should always adhere to whatever specifications are listed,” she explains. “The size and weight of adults can often cause unintended injuries. If for some reason a child’s foot were to get stuck while sliding alone, it is easier for them to remove it traveling solo. When an adults additional force is part of the scenario, it makes it much more difficult to do so. Our advice: Allow young children to slide on their own, under supervision and after they are instructed on how to safely navigate the play space.”
Rothman also adds that parents should be mindful of other things, like an untied shoe, that could also result in injuries on the playground.
“Parents should be cognizant of anything that could cause an entrapment, like a drawstring or shoelaces and remove anything of concern in advance.”
Wrong or right, we respect Teigen for always handling her haters with a little humor.
So there you have it, let’s all take this as a note on making the best parenting decisions for your own kids — and not judging others for theirs.