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A Florida mom’s open letter reminds the parents that appearances can be deceiving, especially in the picture-perfect world of social media is, and has been massively distributed.
Last week, Jen and Friends to take a dip with her family in California. Augustine the pool when she saw a young woman taking a ton of pictures of her young daughter, and Today is the day records.
The author is a mother of six in detail, the mother-daughter duo are wearing matching swimsuits, and the mother, with her perfect loose curls tied up with a matching scarf and was ready for the picture, with a ton of swimming gear, taking selfies and snapping candid shots of her child with the mirror.
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After finding the right angle and the right light,” the mother posed for pictures with her daughter to get in and out of the water, and then brought her daughter to splash around in the water, like she wanted to be.
Flint continued to claim that it is the mother, then took a phone call and is shot down repeated requests to her child to join her in the water.
“After about 10 minutes, Mom ended her call and gathered a sunscreen that has never been used, and the water toys that have never touched the water, and then, to her daughter out of the pool,” the author wrote.
“I was thinking about what I had been up for a while after that. I imagined that the pictures she took were perfect, edited, and posted it on social media with a caption like “swimming in the Pool with my girly! #Makingmemories,” she thought.
Any thought of a different mother, tired after a long day of cooking, caring, cleaning and playing with” her kids at home, it would feel bad after seeing all of the perfect stage, children’s photos on social media of the “perfect mom.” The author is also the argument as to why comparing yourself to others is dangerous.
“They have no way of knowing how she spent her time that day, it was so much better in the eyes of God and in the eyes of the children that the “good mom” at the pool,” Flint said of the theory of the age. “What we’re seeing on social media is not always real. In some cases, and often it is for a complete set-up. It has been prepared and is filtered and what is not.”
After finding the right angle and the right light and with a tripod, and the mother posed for pictures with her daughter to get in and out of the water, and then brought her daughter to splash around in the water, as if she wanted to be, Flint said.
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“Mamas, don’t compare yourself. You can HAVE it all! You are amazing, and the best part is, it’s REAL!” she went on. “You’re a dirty t-shirt and your messy house and your happy children are real and they are proof that you are doing a good job!”
In the days since, Flint’s impassioned post is now massively viral online, with more than 185,000 people will be happy with the amount of 130,000 shares and more than 2,200 comments.
“Mamas, don’t compare yourself. You can HAVE it all! You are amazing, and the best part is, you are, REALLY!” the author continued.
The overwhelming response inspired the author to even have to pen a follow-up post, she says that she never intended to “shame, or the court, the swimming pool’s mother, but just remember that the other parent does not have to compare themselves to their life or the lives of their children in order to get the best times that they have seen on social media.
In addition, Friends told me Today that a number of her young friends are deeply depressed” by comparing themselves to unrealistic images, and experiences that they see on Instagram.
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“They feel like they’re not good enough,” the author said. “It is important to note that what we are seeing in our feeds, it’s just one small moment in time. You don’t know what happened before or after the picture was taken.”