Toddler Shaming – Cute or Cruel?

cute or cruelA toddler poops in the shower. It happens. Toddlers are toddlers and messes – whether it’s poop in the shower or crayons on the wall is what they do. It’s like their job to make our lives a little uncomfortable so that we can appreciate and laugh it all off when they are all giving us hell as teenagers (at least that is my theory).

A story is circling the interwebs because of a Reddit dad posted a photo of his daughter to one their public boards. It features her with a sign around her neck stating….

I pooped in the shower and daddy had to clean it up. I hearby sign this as permission to use in my yearbook senior year.

Cute? Cruel? It seems the interwebs have varying opinions when it comes to the matter of toddler shaming.

On one hand, there is the cute aspect. Sweet little girl who does something innocent (but gross to dad). Dad makes a cute sign and takes a cute photo to capture a cute memory (okay, enough CUTE).

Then there is the other hand, CRUEL. Does this little girl deserve this “punishment”? Is dad posting this photo cruel?

To each their own opinion.

Personally, I think it’s cute. Probebly because I am the type of mom who would do this. While I would put this all over the internet, I wouldn’t put in their senior yearbook. Because – those people know her and there are times in your kids’ lives that I think they just won’t appreciate this type of humor. (Now, I would post something like this at her wedding!)

Chances are 15 years from now, no one unless they know this little girl personally would be able to recognize her – with the exception of her. And maybe she won’t even be able to recognize herself! There are numerous photos of me that I don’t recognize myself in when I was her age. That’s just my opinion!

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