Mom’s Post Goes Viral When She Calls Out ‘Fake’ Social Media ‘Perfection’
Most of us do it: scroll through social media, feeling a twinge of jealousy or even guilt when we see another mom enjoying what looks like a "perfect" day with her family. Here's the thing: it's not real.
One mom is going viral on Facebook after she posted about what she witnessed during a day at her local pool. Jen Flint says, "Yesterday while at the pool I watched a young Mama and her little daughter enter the pool area dressed in very nice coordinating swimming suits. The mom, with her perfect loose curls tied up in a coordinating scarf, spent the first few minutes talking loudly on her phone to a friend while her daughter stood waiting to get into the pool. Mom ended the phone call and proceeded to spread out pool toys and sunscreen on a matching towel. Then after finding just the right angle and the right light, Mama pulled out her tripod and took a few selfies with her daughter. Little One asked to get in the pool. Mama said wait and then posed her daughter in front the pool, then going in to the pool and then coming back out of the pool. Little one smiled big and said "cheese" like she'd done it a million times. Then Mama told her she could play."
Jen goes on to say that while the little girl played in the pool, Mom was more focused on her phone. Not long after, mom gathered up all the toys - which never made it into the pool - and her little girl and left.
So the next time you're scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and you see that mom who looks like she's got it all together, or looks like she's managed to bake cookies, keep her house perfect, and whose kids never argue - remember, it's not real.
As moms, we all experience that feeling of "not good enough" - it used to be limited to the competitive moms at PTA or neighbors - but now, at the tips of our fingers we've got the ability to feel bad 24 hours a day! And sometimes, I'll be honest, that's what happens: the more I scroll, the worse I feel.
So what's the takeaway here?
Don't believe everything you see on social media - it's likely there's more than meets the eye.