Sometimes Mommy Bloggers Need to Shut It

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mommy blogger favorite childOh boy, one mom has really stepped in it after publishing her piece about favoring her son over her daughter. In hopes that the post will be taken down permanently, I'm not going to name names (after all, if her post lives, that poor girl might be able to find out what her mom really thinks about her), but you can get the gory details on Babble.

This particular mom wrote something that's not terribly shocking, in that some parents favor one child over another. She also appears to be working through some postpartum depression issues that negatively affected her bonding experience with her older daughter. Neither of these issues are new ones. As a former Babble editor, I can tell you we published many features that highlighted these issues, but none that really took it as far, and did so much damage, as this particular mom has done to her 3-year-old daughter.

In a disturbing line that appears to have been removed, the author riffs on Sophie's Choice (which, seriously, no parent should ever do), saying,

There are moments -- in my least sane and darkest thoughts -- when I think it wouldn't be so bad if I lost my daughter, as long as I never had to lose my son (assuming crazy, dire, insane circumstances that would never actually occur in real life). I know that sounds completely awful and truly crazy.

Yep! It sure does. And given that your name, your daughter's name, and her picture are all over this piece, it's something that would have been better off left unsaid. Which is where most of the outrage comes from: Your daughter is screwed. You put her out there as the least favored child in a very dramatic fashion that will cause her damage if she ever gets her hands on this post. Hell, enough commenters chimed in with their own tales of how it felt to be the unfavored child and the long-term effect that's very easy to see for this daughter's future.

PPD, struggling to bond, having frustrating moments as a parent -- these are all important issues to be discussed in order to help other mothers going through painful moments. But if you're not going to post anonymously, you must work on crafting your message in a way that won't hurt your daughter and will help others. Instead, the author continued to defend her piece:

My recent post, “I Think I Love My Son a Little Bit More” got ... quite a lot of responses. Many of them negative. At first I was surprised and hurt by it, but then realized a couple of things:

1) None of you in “internetland” know me well enough to understand why I’d write and publish such a thing (I actually pulled it for awhile but my real-life friends encouraged me to repost it)

2) It probably struck a little too close to home for many of you ... you’ve had those same thoughts about one or more children in your darkest, most private times ... and found it obscene to see your own worst thoughts out in the light of day.

Umm, no. Here's how I explain family dynamics to my 5-year-old when she asks me who I love the most (perhaps you could take notes): I love you, your brother, and Daddy the same. Some days I like to have fun with you more than anyone, some days with your brother, other days with Daddy. But I always love you all the same.

See how simple that is? Yes, it's honest to say that there are days I prefer the company of my daughter over my son, and vice versa. But loving one child more than the other? No way. Most moms don't feel that way. And if they do, they need to keep it under wraps or the damage they cause to both children will be massive.

As someone who has written in the parenting genre for the past five years, I do believe it's important to discuss, honestly, all areas of the parenting experience. It's an incredibly helpful and, I believe, important movement -- especially for women. One that thrives here at The Stir, and around the world. But a mom's need to vent, or to get paid, should never trump her child's needs. Never. For that reason, I hope this post is removed and that little girl will never hear the incredibly damaging words from her own mother.

Do you think this mom should have written this piece?


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Beths... Bethsunshine

Some things just shouldn't be said, especially on the internet where it is permanent!!! Even if the blog is taken down, it is still out there in cyberspace somewhere.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Wow! Really that is all I have...wow!

Kasey Comingore

umm her reasons for loving her son more are crap.  sure, she was separated from her daughter right after birth and was sick afterwards.  my son was taken away from me right after birth, i didn't get to see him until over 24 hours later, and he didn't come home for 2 months. in no way do i think our bonding was damaged. she just needs to pray every day her daughter never reads this. how could she think it was okay to put this out there. talk privately with someone who can help you.

texas... texasgurl33

That post needs to be removed.Heck no she should not have written it. Shame on her. Praying for that little girl.


 

mommy... mommyonetheedge

"least sane and darkest thoughts" should always be kept to yourself!


I have 3 girls that I love more than anything in the entire world.  Each of them has asked me at one time or another if I love them best.  I tell them that I love them all as much as I possibly can.  I also tell each of them that I have favorite things that I like about each of them.  They are all unique and special.  I do admit that one of my daughters is a little harder to 'like' than the others, just because of her attitude and temperament, but I've never loved her less.


This mother just went a little too far  -  even if she does love her daughter less, and feels the need to explain it to the world in hopes of helping someone out there somewhere, there are just some thoughts that shouldn't be shared.

Gigan... GigantaursMommy

Some things should just never be said, and this is one of them. Chances are her daughter already knows how much/little she favors her son it's probably not hard to see. Poor little girl. I hope the mom is properly ashamed.

Shanin22 Shanin22

It is an awful and possibly damaging article. I would never tell one of my children that I loved one more than the other, let alone post it across the internet. 


But on the other hand, it is her right. She does have freedom of speech and no one should force her to remove it. And truthfully, with as much coverage as her piece has gotten, it will never be permanently removed from internet history. Her daughter will one day be able to find what her mother wrote.


I may not like what she wrote, but she does have the right to post it.

nonmember avatar KMac

I think her "two reasons" are maybe valid, but she's also forgetting reason #3: People are empathizing with her daughter and imagining how it would feel to have our own mothers disclose such a personal, hurtful thing to hundreds or even thousands (?) of people. It's not the same as announcing it on TV or the front page of a newspaper, no, but it's pretty darn close.

Confessing such a deep, dark secret to a friend or family member or spouse is your right. Yes, perhaps it's something people 'should' talk about so they know they're not alone. But to thousands of people?

I just think she crossed the line. She can justify our outrage to herself any way she wants, but she also needs to admit that many of us are just genuinely concerned for her daughter's feelings.

nonmember avatar Yasu

If anyone had taken the time to read both posts instead of reading this inflammatory version, you might think differently. It seems like the author of THIS post should've worded her thoughts a little more carefully.

kaylaird kaylaird

Post Partum Depression does some pretty messed up things to a woman's mind, and this woman isn't the first. My mom went through the same things. She has told me that when I was born, the first several months of my life she hated me and I hated her. The important thing was that she knew that it was the trauma making her feel those things, and she kept on trucking. Within a couple of years we were extremely close, and she still is my best friend to this day.

I think people are blowing this article out of proportion, to be honest.

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