Doesn't it seem like parents today have more to worry about than ever--even when it comes to the judgement of other parents? A mom from Corpus Christi, TX experienced this recently when a driver took a photo of her child and posted it to Facebook. When other people saw it, many chimed in with negative comments--but it's the mom who's now getting the last word.
It all started when a motorist snapped a photo Mallory Torres's 7-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, riding home from school on the back of a motorcycle with John Hays, Torres's longtime boyfriend. The driver uploaded the photo to the Facebook page of a local motorcycle club, where someone recognized Hays in the image and tagged him in the post. That's when Torres and Hays began reading through the comments.
"Everybody was commenting on the picture about how cool it was and that the little girl was brave, but then a couple of negative comments started. It started with, 'I wouldn't do this with my child,' and went to, 'You should be in jail. You're a bad parent,'" Torres told TODAY.com.
That's when Torres--who says her daughter always wears a helmet, padded jacket, safety gloves, and boots when riding--decided to defend her parenting choices in a Facebook post of her own, which has since gone viral.
"I love my daughter and she loves to ride, so I allow her to ride on the back of a motorcycle in full gear with my boyfriend who has 20+ years of experience," Torres wrote. "If you wouldn't allow your child on the back of a motorcycle, then don't, that's your choice as a parent and I support you... Don't call us bad parents for allowing our children to experience living. Don't call us bad parents for enjoying putting a smile on our kid's face every now and then with a motorcycle ride home after school."
In addition to speaking her mind about the motorcycle moment, she also wanted to drive home the point that parents criticizing other parents has gotten out of control.
"The only thing I wanted was to get my feelings out there," said Torres, who added that she remembers a simpler time back when parents were busy taking care of their own families instead of judging or criticizing other.
She just might be onto something. What do you think?