In a perfect world, parents would love their children no matter what. But in the world of mommy bloggers, it looks like love is reserved for the child who gets the most likes.
A blogger and mom-of-five has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, after sharing a bizarre post about her oldest son.
Taking to Instagram to wish her son a happy sixth birthday, Katie Bower took the time to complain about how the child didn’t get as many likes as his younger siblings.
“From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there,” she lamented in the image’s caption, while pondering whether people preferred her younger kids because they were babies.
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Photo from last night when we did our traditional carving pumpkins on the front porch! Love this crew of mine ❤️❤️❤️ also I wanted to give you a heads up that Jer and I did our other tradition – the funny Halloween costume – it’s on the blog now and guys…I died laughing when I saw Jers face ????????????
“I saw all that because I want to believe that it wasn’t him … that it was on me. My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should get ALL the love and squinty eyes are totally adorable.”
The blogger later added that she’s concerned that “he will see the numbers” in the future, and will “have to learn that his value is not in online approval.”
Although she probably meant well with the post, the internet was not amused by Bower’s backhanded compliment to her own child.
Omg this Instagram mommy blogger is celebrating her sons bday by writing about how out of all her kids, he “statistically” performs the worse on her Instagram. And she’s worried one day it will ruin his self esteem ???????? pic.twitter.com/QpFfJwDOab
— Stephanie McNeal (@stephemcneal) November 19, 2018
This is like when my parents grounded me because I slacked on producing content and my Klout score dropped to 57
— Prufrock451 (@prufrock451) November 19, 2018
“one day he will see these numbers”
I am mystified and horrified at the level of self-involvement.
— SharkHand (@SharkHand) November 19, 2018
before she can teach her son ‘his value is not in online approval,’ she needs to learn that lesson herself.
— Lauren Kleiman (@laurkleiman) November 19, 2018
Even Chrissy Teigan, the queen of clapbacks, got involved
Oh. My. God. What in the hell??
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 19, 2018
Bower has since taken the post down, but this is not the first time the blogger has faced backlash on social media. In September, Bower caused a furore when she shared a post saying she had “literally no idea what the deal was with 9/11” or that she didn’t realize “that people were actually in the buildings.”