Do celebrity parents really have it harder than the average parent?
My answer is maybe not harder, but certainly with its own challenges.
Now before you get upset, let me tell you why.
I understand that every parent faces their own struggles and obstacles with their children. Whether it be financial struggles, problems at school, their health, really anything. But the point I want to make is that we aren’t always watched and get to keep our lives private.
If our kids are overweight, we get to work on it privately without comments of others. If our children are dressing a certain way to express themselves, we don’t have a million people commenting that we are “ruining them”. If our young ones aren’t feeling well, and we let them have a bottle, binky, or whatever else to make them feel a little more like themselves, we can do that without strangers threatening to call DCFS.
Celebrities don’t get this freedom. They are ALWAYS in the public eye. They are constantly being put down for their parenting skills, or the kids are ridiculed on social media.
Unfortunately, we live in a time where people hide behind screens and feel entitled enough to say anything, even if it is downright terrible.
Recently I was featured in an article by E! News Online about the struggles celebrity parents have. Numerous celebrities have come forward and shared some of the disturbing things people are saying to them or their children.
Some celebrities have tried their hardest to keep their children from the world. Meaning no paparazzi, no social media, no anything. It’s really sad that people feel the need to write/ say such horrific comments about innocent children. Not only that but they have to HIDE the one aspect of their life that makes them the happiest.
Every parent at some point has wondered if they are doing it right. We all have doubted ourselves and if someone says anything about what we “should” be doing… well, you know. Nobody is a perfect parent. Before you become a parent you can swear up and down on what the “best” way to parent is but until you have your little bundle of joy, you really don’t know. Every child is different. What works with one child might not work for the second or the third.
Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Simpson, David Beckham, and Kim Kardashian are all apart of this group. They have all been attacked about a pacifier, their kids’ diet, what they are wearing, how to hold them correctly, or even how they should play. There are no boundaries. Some social media bullies go to lengths to write out death threats.
David Beckham made a post on Instagram when a picture of his daughter surfaced with a pacifier.
“Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ?? Everybody who has children knows that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually, you have no right to criticize me as a parent …”
This can cause celebrities to experience anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, stress, anger, and overall bad mental health. Having the whole world watch and criticize you on everything you do isn’t easy. This is why we have seen so many of them lash out, abuse drugs and alcohol, or unfortunately commit suicide.
So yes, I believe that celebrities have it harder in some aspects than the everyday parent.
As a society, we need to start understanding the strength words have. To you, one comment might be ok, but to the one receiving it, it may be their last straw. We need to lead with kindness and compassion. Understand we are all going through life at our own pace with our own stories.
If you feel compelled to write a comment on someone else’s parenting or kids, take a step back and think of the effect it would have on you if someone made the same comment to you.