There are several things you can expect when you become a mom. For instance, not being as grossed out by puke anymore, changing 386 diapers a day, and suddenly having the ability to run on less sleep. But if there's one thing that every mom absolutely hates, it's getting unfair criticism from parents who feel that they know it all. Sure, there are moments when fellow mothers genuinely try to help, but in most cases, critics can't seem to accept the fact that everyone's parenting style is different. Worse yet, they couldn't care less about being hurtful or projecting guilt.
It's why we can only imagine what famous moms have to go through every day. A simple baby photo could lead to outrage because people find the outfit problematic, or literally any photo that doesn't include their baby is met with disapproval because apparently, moms who don't spend every waking moment with their kid is selfish. The negativity never seems to stop and it's quite maddening. But thankfully, seeing these celebrity moms clap back gives us so much hope. See all the times they effortlessly fired back at trolls who tried to give unsolicited parenting advice.
When Catherine shared a video of her kids playing and having fun at the mall, one user said: "I can’t stand it when parents let their kids use the mall as a McDonalds playland. Drives me nuts." Talk about rude! But the former Bachelor star didn't let this slide. She responded: "I can’t stand it when people take something wholesome and sweet and make it into a negative issue they have personally." Tell em', Catherine!
When the actress shared a breastfeeding photo with her daughter Atlas, fans accused her of not focusing enough on her baby and sharing the pic for attention. She fired back: "I missed the part in the baby books that stated I had to maintain eye contact with my daughter while she feeds rather than capturing an amazing moment we were having. Pls let me know where I can download your parenting manual, I’ll get right on it!"
Previously, the You actress had been trolled for deciding to attend Drake’s 33rd birthday party a few days after she announced giving birth. On an Instagram Story, she said: "I haven’t been really checking my comments that often, but apparently people are really upset that I left three days after having a kid to go out and party. It wasn’t three days and she was with Angel, so…" In your faces, trolls.
On Instagram, The Bachelor alum shared adorable pics of her baby, Ruth, and joked: "Sometimes having a baby sucks. Then they look like this and you’re like 'Okay, fine. I’ll keep you.'" Not surprisingly, fans took it seriously and trolled her for saying her daughter "sucks," but she clapped back with a clear explanation of her caption.
She said: "I’m saying parenting is hard sometimes. It’s not being ungrateful for a healthy child, it’s being human and struggling and being transparent about that.” She also clarified that her daughter is actually "awesome."
On Twitter, the Teen Mom 2 star shared a fun video of her two-year-old son, Lux, dancing in his diaper. But one commenter had an issue with the fact that he was wearing a diaper because apparently, two is way too old to be in one..
After several other users trolled the commenter for saying something so ridiculous, Kailyn replied: "Lux turned 2 in August. I’m not going to rush him into something based on someone else’s standards. What works for us is waiting until he’s ready. Not when IM ready."
Coco set the record straight when trolls mom-shamed her for breastfeeding her three-year-old daughter, Chanel. After she shared a photo of this, outraged followers said that three-years olds were too old to be breast-fed.
But Coco would beg to differ. She said: "You need to have a baby to understand it. What I think confuses people is they saw the picture, and they think Chanel doesn’t eat food. And she eats cheeseburgers. She only breastfeeds like, when she cries, and she just wants to get close to her mama. She throws the boob out and holds on. She’s not doing it for nourishment. This chick eats chili fries, OK?"
Kieran Culkin's wife, Jazz, prefers to stay one step ahead when it comes to mom-shamers giving unwanted advice. When she shared a photo of herself breast-feeding while drinking wine, she captioned the pic: "Don’t even think of coming for me as one small glass of red while she’s feeding is FINE + she’s a quarter French soooo." Definitely can't argue with that.
In October 2019, Jaime shared a photo of herself with her eldest son and said: "Best time ever hangin with my favorite son, Dezi. That’s right I said it. I have a favorite son although I luv all 3 of my boys with everything I have in me." As you can imagine, multiple followers called her out for suggesting that she doesn't love her other sons as much, which could eventually lead to issues when they grow up. But Jaime wasn't taking it that seriously.
She explained: "I was just being honest. I love, like I said, all three of my boys, but the two little ones are twins and they’re turning two tomorrow, so the 12-year-old is my favorite. All three of my boys are my favorite for different reasons. But when it comes to, like, traveling on a plane, my 12-year-old is my favorite. When it comes to dressing yourself, he can dress himself."
Her Instagram followers had a lot to say when they learned that Meghan was away from two of her kids during her son's treatment. But she explained that she once tried taking her other kids along to be with Hart, who was diagnosed with irreversible brain damage. Unfortunately, it turned out to be "pure pandemonium," leading to sudden changes in schedules and even affecting Hart's treatments.
Meghan said: "I made the very difficult decision to keep Aspen and Hayes in St. Louis while Hart and I went to New Orleans and focused on this... Take your opinions and keep them to yourself because this whole thing sucks. Did I say that enough? It sucks. There’s no right answer and we’re trudging through this the best we can. So let me be. Give me a little space."
The gymnast shared the most adorable video of herself dancing with her baby girl while her husband, Andrew East, sang "White Christmas." Rather than waiting for the parenting police to call her out for doing something wrong, she wrote in the caption: "My favorite. Dancing with my girl @drewhazeleast. (Yessss mommy shamers… I am sure there is something I am doing very wrong.) #momlife." Thankfully, this led to tons of positive and encouraging comments.
From being criticized for cursing on social media to being trolled for showing cleavage in front of her daughter, it's safe to say that the model has been mom shamed more times than we can count. But since Chrissy is essentially the queen of snarky clap backs, these trolls usually have another thing coming.
For example, when Chrissy shared a clip of her and Luna negotiating how much candy she should eat in "candy court," one user rudely pointed out: "Finally someone brushed her hair." Chrissy immediately clapped back with the response: "All by herself! Maybe she can come do your makeup." Lol!
After being ridiculed about her son's feet and judged for not letting him wear shoes, the Jersey Shore star revealed on Instagram that her baby boy has Metatarsus Adductus, a foot deformity that causes the forefoot to turn inward. In addition to sharing that her son would be getting night braces to correct them, she took the opportunity to put all the mom-shamers in their place.
She said: "Please before messaging me telling me what I should do or asking and making comments about why he’s not wearing shoes.. maybe ask if I’ve already looked into what you see could be wrong ..because more than likely I have. Anything you guys notice about my son, I most likely noticed it before anyone else."
Early in 2019, the rapper received a ton of backlash for performing at a porn awards show and sharing a series of provocative pics to Instagram. While some fans showed their support, others shared their disapproval and claimed she was setting a bad example as a mother. *Cue all the eye rolls*
The rapper didn't take these criticisms to heart at all, however. She shared yet another lingerie pic and captioned it: "Can I be sexy one time and not get called a slut ? Sheeesh!"
On Instagram, the actress shared a cute video of herself kissing her daughter, Kaavia, but people were concerned about this because Kaavia was still a newborn at the time. To be fair, kissing babies on the mouth is usually not encouraged because of the risk of passing germs, but there were some people who took their commentary a bit too far.
In response, she assured her followers that she knew what she was doing. In the comments, she said: "Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her. No visits with sick folk and even all of Oprah’s crew got whooping cough vaccinations and current on all vaccinations to be in our home. If you think I waited this long and went thru all this to put my baby in harm’s way…you got another thing coming."
When Khloé decided to return to the gym five weeks after giving birth to her daughter, True, people criticized her on social media for obsessing over her body. In response, she spoke her mind on Snapchat, revealing that she genuinely enjoys working out.
She said: "What I’m annoyed about is that I’ve read a couple of times on Twitter that, you know, they feel that I’m focusing too much on my body, but the truth is, I’ve worked out five or six days a week before I got pregnant and that’s my sanctuary and something I love to do. So I want to start doing that now and getting into my rhythm and in between feedings I want to find time to work out because that’s going to be my new normal."
When North was just six months old, Kim posted a cute photo of her smiling up at the camera. But not everyone had positive things to say about it. People actually accused her of waxing her baby's eyebrows because they looked a little too perfect. So she took to Twitter and addressed the ridiculous rumor, saying: "Do people really think I would wax my daughters eyebrows so young? Come on, I’d wait until she’s at least 2 1/2!"
But some people didn't catch on to the sarcasm. She shared a follow-up tweet that said: "I'm kidding!!! Its pretty sick for people to insinuate that I would wax my daughters eyebrows. They are thick, natural and amazing!"
This was just one of many times that she's been mom-shamed. For example, since then, she's been criticized for straightening North's hair and letting her wear makeup.
When the TV host shared a post about her new talk show on Instagram, one commenter said: "Your poor baby must miss you." ... As if working moms are required to be with their children 24/7.
Tamron clapped back by sharing a screen shot of the reply and captioned it: "I am so sick of this. Can’t wait to discuss 9/9/19. This mom shame lameness is so corny and toxic. Fyi my 'poor baby' is right here with me and when he’s not he is in the loving arms of Dad, Granny, Nanny ... yes I have a wonderful woman who helps me. My mom had her sisters and other women help her too. No shame in women helping women. Knock it off with this nonsense."
When the "Try" singer shared a photo of her son, Jameson, without his diaper on, the Instagram trolls came out to play and said some really gross things. But Pink wasn't having it.
She reposted a censored version if the pic and said: "There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all f**king disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors and the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives." *Mic drop*
When Jamie shared a post about potty training her daughter to Instagram Story, one person responded: "Seriously? Pull ups? Peeing all over the house. Who does that? Potty-trained three kids — potty available in the playroom and bathroom. Where is the training if she’s peeing all over?"
The Married at First Sight alum didn't take this sitting down. She took a screen shot of the response and added: "She doesn’t pee all over the house. It’s for when she dribbles before she gets to the potty. #stopmommyshaming"
When followers started to criticize her daughter Brooklyn's attitude and personality, Brandi immediately defended herself and addressed the disrespectful comments.
She wrote: "You can say anything you want to about me but not children. Who knew so many people could be so hurtful and judgmental. I don’t always get the parenting thing right and children are not always perfect but my love for my children is undeniable. Those who truly know my family know Brooklyn. She’s a blessing."
Snooki has gotten her fair share of backlash when it comes to her parenting style, from "not combing" her daughter's hair to pushing her in a stroller. However, the reality star decided that she'd had enough after people started judging her for putting makeup on her daughter before a dance recital.
On Instagram, she shared another pic of herself with her daughter in makeup and said: "Instead of not posting my kids for the people who respect and appreciate their photos, I will turn off the comments section. I don't need a**holes telling me how to raise my child and judge them. I'm a damn good mom and know what I'm doing. Well most of the time."
Mom-shamers were quick to voice their opinion when Hilaria shared a photo of her son, Romeo, swimming without wearing a hat. Some also assumed that she didn't put sunscreen on him. But she set the record straight after altering her caption.
She added: "Ps...stop about the hat. If you would like, I will invite you to my home and you can try to both put a hat on him and have him keep it on. You will be my honored guest. And OF COURSE he has sunscreen on. What is wrong with people that they expect the worst?
When Kim shared a photo of her five-year-old daughter Kaia wearing makeup on Instagram, fans were clearly not impressed. But she took to the comments herself to address what a lot of people had to say. For example, when one commenter said: "She also has eyeliner on just saying she’s a beauty without makeup and way too young,” Kim responded with: "No eyeliner sweetie, stop reaching."
Despite all the negative feedback, she shared that she's still confident about her parenting style. She said: "I feel like I'm a really good mom. We all make mistakes and we all learn as we go. I'm very proud of all of my children. I think I'm a really good mom and nobody can really take that."
The mother of three faced serious backlash because of a photo she had posted of her two sons at the beach. Commenters criticized Kristin because they thought her sons looked too skinny, which they took as a sign that she wasn't feeding them enough. In the comments section, she fired back with: "Yep, I starve my children. Just blocked the most people I’ve ever blocked in my entire life."
She also shared in an interview: "After that I was like, ‘I really don’t care. I know what I’m doing. My kids are happy and healthy and at the end of the day that’s all the matters."
One look at her Instagram comments will show that the reality star has been mommy shamed way too many times. But late in 2018, she'd decided that she had enough. She said: "Lately I have been getting a lot of negative comments and feedback on my social media. I don’t usually take things to heart because I know I can’t please everyone but I had to bring this up."
"Mom-shaming is a real thing and it’s not cool," she continued. "I get it all the time because I put my tactics out there and I try to be as honest about my life as possible. But for some reason lately I’ve been getting a lot of people bashing my mom-isms or how I do things in my home... We’re all doing the best we can and that’s all we can do...So please — be kind to each other." Well said!
When Ayesha shared a cute family photo, which included her holding her baby boy, one follower asked: "Are you pregnant again?????" In her reply, Ayesha joked: "Absolutely not LOL. My 30lb son is just breaking my back in every photo."
A few followers reacted with shock, but one person saw this as an opportunity to offer their two cents, shaming both Ayesha and her son. They wrote: "Maybe portion-control his food a bit." And to this, Ayesha shot back: "Excuse you? No. Just no."
Less that two week after Amy gave birth to her young boy, she returned to work and did a show at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan. She shared a photo from the show to her Instagram and captioned it: "I'm back!"
But of course, there were commenters who started judging the comedian for going back to work so soon instead of resting. Like the boss that she is, Amy shared another photo of herself wearing a breast pump and said: "Sending out love to the moms shaming me for doing standup last night!"
The Bachelor star initially shared a poll on Instagram, asking her followers if she should let her six-year-old daughter, Kinsley, get highlights. Although the responses were overwhelmingly negative, she decided to do it anyway — and the fans wasted no time in voicing their disapproval, suggesting that Kinsley was way too young. Still, Amanda was totally unfazed.
She said: "Of course I got some messages saying she's too young...but I got a lot more saying 'I'm so glad you let her and didn't care what anyone negative had to say.' So moral of the story is: Not everyone is going to agree with everything you do...& that's okay! We all are entitled to our own decision and opinions and thoughts on parenting and not everyone is going to agree with you and that's okay."
Amanda wasn't the only one who got flack for coloring her daughter's hair. Jessica once shared a photo of her daughter Maxwell with the ends of her hair dyed pink and purple. She also shared that it was inspired by the character Mal from The Descendants, but several fans didn't find this cute at all.
Instead of having to deal with all the negativity, Jessica simply disabled her comments without saying a word. Smart move.
The actress and TV host posted a gorgeous pic of herself in London, but one particular user had an issue with the fact that her kids were nowhere in sight. They said: "You certainly leave your children a lot to go shopping and to take pictures of yourself."
But Elizabeth didn't let this fly. She responded: "Haven't shopped a bit. I left them for 30 hours to be with my husband for our anniversary. If you had kids, you would know that focusing on our marriage is actually one of the best things you can do for your children. I'm an amazing mother, always there for my family and work my a** off. Thank you, next."
On Instagram, a parent offered unsolicited advice about toilet-training. She demanded: "Have you started toilet training? I have raised 3 daughters and all three were FULLY trained at Batel’s age." To make matters even worse, she actually wrote a full paragraph on how Jenna should raise her child.
Jenna repsonded: "In my opinion ‘training’ a child before they’re ready is detrimental. I know a lot about child development and nowhere is it taught to wean a child because of ‘North American culture.’ You sound ignorant and judgmental. My daughter is perfect and I could care less what you think. So mind your business, Jordy."
When The Bachelor alum shared a photo of her baby's naked tush, she faced so much backlash that she had to take it down. Several people actually accused her of sharing "child pornography." Instead, she shared another photo of her son in a diaper.
In the caption, she wrote: "After reading some disturbing comments referencing 'child pornography' and 'pedophile material,' I regrettably decided to delete the photo. Super unfortunate, upsetting, + incredibly disappointing. I mean, I get it. You cannot please everyone, but child porn? Really? C'mon. I would never, ever post something inappropriate or distasteful, especially of my babies."