Shawn Johnson. Maybe you've heard of her? She has a gold medal and 3 silver ones from the 2008 Olympics for gymnastics. She's also married to former NFL player Andrew East and has a new baby named Drew, who is ADORABLE. Well, Drew may only be a few months old, but Shawn is already getting "mommy-shamed." Most recently, it is for this video below of baby Drew's "first flip."
One of the comments said, "While she may have been perfectly safe, sometimes you are a bit rough handling such a young baby, and not making her warm enough when you take her out. She needs at least socks if not shoes, as well, and hats."
Shawn immediately responded by saying, "Were you holding her? Have you physically felt her sweat when she wears socks? Or felt her strength when she stands? Or seen her fuss until she stands up because she hates laying down? Nope. You haven’t. I’m her mama. I know."
Shawn must experience this all the time because she had this to say to Yahoo:
“Mom shaming is a real thing. Like a real, real thing. And I truly don’t understand it,” she said in an Instagram story on Monday night. “There’s comments that come across like, ‘You’re doing this wrong. How could you do this to your child?’ And those just aren’t good, those aren’t nice. Those aren’t worth the effort, and they make mamas feel like crap. All of us mamas are doing the best that we can. We’re trying, we’re crying, we’re pushing our way through it.”
Johnson went on to encourage people to “celebrate all of the mamas out there,” for doing their best while figuring motherhood out.
“I mean, let’s be real, none of us know what in the heck we’re doing and we’re all just trying to figure it out. But be kind,” she continued. “Talk to people the way you would want your daughter or your son to talk to people. And just be nice. And stop picking on our little babies, ok?”