Josh McKee gang signsGeez Louise, does Mackenzie Douthit McKee have a scandal button on her cellphone or something? Every time the Teen Mom 3 star takes a cellphone pic and uploads it to Instagram, people are on her like white on rice. But, well, this time Mackenzie might actually deserve the firestorm of criticism -- or at least husband Josh McKee does.

After all, the latest controversial pic shows Josh hanging with son Gannon and someone in the picture is throwing gang signs. Hint: it's not the 2-year-old.

I'm willing to bet the toddler can't tell a Blood from a Crip, and he wouldn't know a gang sign if it bit him in the diaper-covered tuchas. Which is EXACTLY why this photo is so inappropriate!

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There's a tendency -- among certain parents anyway -- to treat kids who are as young as Gannon like toys or props because they don't really "get" what's going on around them yet. To some extent, that's OK. You probably can get away with listening to a song with dirty lyrics, for example, around your 1-year-old, because she's too young to pay attention.

But parents need to remember that at some point, kids WILL get it, and you need to start being a role model sooner rather than later. 

Imagine little Gannon looking back at this photo in 10 years? He's going to know what Dad is doing here, and then what? How do you explain to your kid that it isn't something HE should really be doing?

By and large, the McKees seem like caring parents, but I think this photo is a big reminder that they started this whole parenting journey awfully young ... and they're making some rookie mistakes.

What do you think of the photo? How would you explain it to YOUR child?

 

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