Kourtney Kardashian Forced to Defend Co-Sleeping on 'The View'

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I was half watching The View the other day and suddenly I heard, "You're getting a lot of flack -- you co-sleep with your son Mason, I don't see anything wrong with it, he's a year old," and the response of, "Yes, I love it."

I look up and see Kourtney Kardashian smiling and nodding, talking to Sherri Shepherd, and it sounded positive ... until Shepherd continues, "... But are you really surprised by the reaction you've been getting from people about sleeping with your son?"

Hold up here, wait, what? The tone, despite her comment that she finds nothing wrong with it, implied that she DID, in fact, think that Kourtney should have been expecting flack. And sadly, that's probably true. She's a celebrity. It comes with the territory.

Kourtney's response, however, was great:

Yeah, I mean, everyone has their opinion to say about everything, but even if I take him outside, from the car into a building, they're like, "It's New York, it must be freezing," and it's like 60 degrees and I'm like, "Relax people" and it was for one second.

She makes a good point. People are always going to make snap-judgements about your parenting, and criticize you, no matter what you do, especially if you're a public figure.

Shepherd then asks her how she handles negative mail and tweets and Kourtney responds:

It's crazy 'cause no matter what you do, someone will say something negative, someone will say something positive ... even I gave him peanut butter and he had an allergic reaction and I rushed him to the hospital, and people were like, "You're not supposed to give peanut butter," and I went back to my baby book that I'm reading that I do his diet by, because I was like, I know I can't be crazy, I read that you could give it, but I went back and it said you can, but there's warnings and doctors say all different times so it's like ...

She was interrupted there, but really, we've all seen this time and time again. The fact right now is that yeah, for years, we've said not to give peanut butter until 3 due to allergies, right? Though that's not the recommendation anymore. I wonder what book she was reading.

Whether you're a celebrity mom or an everyday person without lots of money, people are always going to be telling you that you suck, or rock, no matter what you do. NO MATTER WHAT. So all that's left really is what you and your partner (if you've got one) think. Don't fly by the seat of your pants, of course, but spend time researching and learning about babies, and figure out which path to the healthiest and happiest kid makes the best sense to YOU. I'm talking to Kourtney, too. And when others try to help you out, positive or negative, take it with a grain of salt, but check it out if you're not sure. They might just be a jerk, but they might also be totally right.

You don't need to defend yourself to anyone, and not everyone is out to hurt your feelings, so it's best to just ignore people who you find offensive and go to people who you feel are beneficial to your path to learning and growing as a mom and person. Most importantly, if you know you're doing the best you possibly can, you should never have a reason to even feel guilty or bad, and no one can make you feel that way without your consent. I don't think what we deal with is any different than what Kourtney deals with, but hers is just on a much larger scale. She can blow it off with a smile and shake of the head, and so can anyone. And good for her for handling herself so well on The View.

Remember when Britney almost dropped her baby? LOTS of moms have done that (and didn't have a bodyguard there to catch the baby), but the press used it as one more example of terrible parenting. Yes, there were some pretty crappy things she did do, but the trip up was obviously was just a misstep.

Auntie Kim Kardashian stumbled and broke her toe. *gasp* Better not let her hold Mason or she'll almost drop him too! And then the paparazzi will have more crazy accusations to make: "Was Kim drunk?"

Maybe I'm getting more sympathetic or something, but I'm siding with the moms here.

Do you think celebrities get worse criticism, or do you think there's just a larger volume?

 

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MTNes... MTNester1

People pay more attention to celebrities or they wouldn't BE celebrities.  But you know I agree with everything you said. 

Xakana Xakana

I agree and it's nice to hear something positive from a Kardashian since everyone's so obsessed with them right now. I have no idea who they are or what their claim to fame is. I don't care, either. I just think of Cardassians from Star Trek every time I hear about them, lol. I missed a lot of jokes in "Vampires Suck" because of it, apparently.

KTMOM KTMOM

I definitely think that celebrities face much more scrutiny and criticism due to being in the public eye and hunted down by the media at every turn.  People feel that just because someone is famous that they can say anything they want about them, no matter what,  whether it comes to their parenting,  or their choice of clothing or sexual preferences,  or any other detail about them.

Kimberly Virga

They definitely face much more criticism and it's unfair. I feel really bad for this girl lately... I gave my son peanut butter at age one, etc, and you know what? Everyone thinks they are the biggest expert on YOUR child. Truth is, you can read the books and listen to the doctors and your pushy sister but in the end, you are the best judge for your child. I co-sleep with my son too, and it's wonderful. He's an extremely confident and attached and well-adjusted child, and I credit a lot of that to being there immediately to answer him from an infant to a toddler when he has a need, like when he was hungry as a baby to being sick, or etc. To each their own. There are proper and safe ways to do everything, including co sleep. I applaud her response, and once again, I just can't stand the "ladies" on The View.. nit picky gossipers.

Jenny... JennyG0929

Cuddling with your young while they sleep is instinct. Look at animals. People need to get over it. He's a baby not a teenager.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Ugh- all the more reason you couldn't PAY me to watch that show. They do nothing but fuel fires that are already burning out of control because of human stupidity. I wish I had ten minutes with them to remind them of how much GOOD they could do with their fame and money... instead, they babble away with their nonsense and lead people to incorrect and ridiculous conclusion.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I agree! This was one of those "the TV is one and it was being ignored" situations. I never actually choose to watch it of my own accord (and had to look up the hostesses' name)!

nonmember avatar Mother of 3

I have co slept with all of my kids until they were just over 2 and they turned out fine. I also tripped and fell when I was pregnant and once while holding my toddler because the paint on a handicap space in a parking lot was slick. Luckily, I know how to fall so that I don't get injured and when I was holding the baby, I kept him upright. The kid thought it was funny, me not so much. My point is, yes, celebrities do take more flack for their parental decisions although everyone gets judged by others. It seems everyone would like to think they know how to do it better. Unfortunately, things happen and we all learn as we go. Even if we do our best to avoid obvious dangers we cannot possibly prepare for everything. The difference is that when I fell in the parking lot a complete stranger was there to help me up. If a celebrity were to do that *gasp*, how dare she fall with a baby in her hand. There probably would be plenty of photos snapped and less making sure she and the child were alright.

ankle... anklebitr

"Ugh- all the more reason you couldn't PAY me to watch that show. They do nothing but fuel fires that are already burning out of control because of human stupidity. I wish I had ten minutes with them to remind them of how much GOOD they could do with their fame and money... instead, they babble away with their nonsense and lead people to incorrect and ridiculous conclusion."


Agreed!!!  Especially the bold bits.   I love Kortney's response. 

almos... almostheavenWV

Well these famous persons are just human like all of us and we all make mistakes!!! No one is perfext!! This doesn't make you a bad parent

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