Words by Olivia Harvey
From the editors of HelloGiggles
Today in We Can’t Believe This is Really Happening news, we learned Ciara is getting mummy-shamed for taking her kids on a water slide. We’re not sure what’s happening, but mummy-shaming seems to be on the rise —and social media doesn’t seem to be helping. Chrissy Teigen received backlash on Twitter for going to dinner last April (yes, really). Last summer, Kristin Cavallari was criticised for how “skinny” her son was. And Pink was scolded for cooking with her son strapped to her chest last week. Come on, guys.
Ciara is currently on vacation in China with husband Russell Wilson, their youngest child, Sienna, and Ciara’s son, Future Zahir. She’s been documenting their entire trip via Instagram and it looks like a fun time. The family brought Future Zahir to Disneyland Shanghai and the whole Ciara squad just recently visited the Great Wall of China.
But some Instagram users are currently casting a dark cloud on Ciara and the fam’s sunny day. Mummy-shamers began expressing negative opinions about Ciara taking her 3-month-old daughter on a toboggan ride down the Great Wall.
If you can’t tell from the video, Ciara has Sienna strapped to her chest in a secure baby carrier. And Future Zahir is planted firmly in Wilson’s lap. But that doesn’t seem to be good enough for some fellow mums, who voiced their opinions in the comments.
‘Is it safe with a baby? Hello???’ – beckykozak
‘When you don’t give a shit about your baby ???’ – _knk29_
‘It’s really a shame when you have “NO MOTHERLY INSTINCTS” and the “SAFETY of YOUR CHILD DOESN’T COME INTO YOUR MIND”!! – linibob
‘Yeaa I woulda been scared with my baby ?’ – lilocasta
But what these commenters don’t realise is that it’s never okay to tell a mother how to mother. Ciara, as Sienna and Future Zahir’s mother, knows what is right for her children and doesn’t need anyone else’s judgement.
Luckily, many of her fans came to her defence in the comments.
‘I’m pretty sure it’s safe ? Ciara and Russell ain’t dumb. Calm down. People judging her how to parent.’ – _purple_tears
‘The judgments are serious…smh, and not for anyone to make! Ciara live your life! People wish they could be this free! @ciara ????’ – gnostyc_dymond_inda_wrough
‘I really wish people would think before they speak. Ci and Russ would never put their children in any kind of danger. They are going really slow, they control the speed. And the baby is strapped to her mother, in the carrier… So calm down it’s not that deep ?’ – mapleslisa
‘Go mommy! Have fun with your family. You only live once. Enjoy YOUR life. Wish I were there!’ – sandramenifee
Do you think Ciara should have been mother shamed for this?