Parent Shaming Pink? 4 Tips to Help Put an End to Mom Shaming! by Mercedes Samudio
In the most recent online celebrity parent shaming, superstar singer Pink was shamed for cooking with her children in the kitchen (yes, you read that right!). As a parent coach and advocate for us to #endparentshaming, here are a few things I suggest you do when you see a parent doing something you don't agree with:
- Make sure the child is safe: If a parent is using a strategy you don't agree with, but the child is safe and not in harm's way, then it's best to keep quiet until the parent asks for support.
- Ask if you can help: Instead of assuming a parent wants your help, simply ask. And if the parent says no, leave them to find the support they need.
- Don't offer advice: Whether you know it or not, most parents seek help from people they trust – if that's not you, that's OK. Only offer advice if asked. If no one asks, start a blog or create an online community where you can share your ideas (or write a 30Seconds tip!).
- Don't judge or shame: No one changes from being shamed. Instead, share your concerns privately with the parent and give them space to make the changes they need to make in their own time.