Think before you type……

In a day and age where Kim K breaks the Internet by showing her butt or posts naked selfies with #liberated, it’s no wonder that so many trolls exist.  However, this is her content, she is old enough to know what she’s doing and has a team of management/lawyers who deal with everything. Plus, really who cares? If you dont like it don’t look.

I started this blog on maternity leave as a hobby, a creative outlet. A way to share funny stories, support and perhaps help other women with the struggles of raising children. Recently, I posted a pic of me in my filthy car and described a snapshot of my day which included an early wake up and work. This photo went crazy on social media and ended up with over 2.6M views and lots of comments. 

I have posted hundreds of photos on my social media accounts, all with honest captions and written some controversial blogs. I had no idea that this simple photo would cause such a stir. I was fully clothed and it didnt even show my full face or my children’s faces.

There were many comments and 90% of them are postive (thank you 😙).  I also read some of the troll comments and just took them with a grain of salt.  My main concern and first thought was for all the young girls (or boys) trying to be like Kim K or Justin Bieber and posting photos or blogs online. What if they read these comments about themselves? I was called a bitch, whinger and slut multiple times? My parenting was questioned? I was told I was neglecting my children by putting them in childcare and a number of people commented on my looks and/or makeup. I realise I’m not the first person who has had trolls comment and I also realise that people have had worse things said about them.  Trolls want attention, but in all truth the nice/supportive comments were the ones getting attention from others.

My point is, I’m 34 years old, thick skinned and don’t easily offend. However, an 18 year old with anxiety might not take this ‘feedback’ so well.
The postive comments I received were mostly from women and men around my age, the big surprise for me is that a lot of the negative comments were from people my parents age?  People who have raised children and probably now grandparents. Why on earth do they even care? Shouldn’t that generation be setting an example for younger generations? I certainly want my children to encourage and support others, not try to belittle them or tear them down for no reason at all.

If you or your children are starting a blog, posting photos online just know exactly that. They are public, people are cruel and while it’s nice to be aknowledged, in the grand scheme of things it’s really nothing.  My car is still dirty, I have to work tomorrow and my children will still probably wake up super early.

If you are a troll or thinking of making a negative comment think twice….the young girl who you insult on her beauty blog may suffer depression, the mother that you say is a ‘bad mother’ may have PND. The child you call ugly is just an innocent child and has done nothing to you.

My post was meant to be a relatable post about a normal working mothers day, it was a small snapshot of my life. If you can relate great, if you don’t like it……move on.  If I rewrote the post and took all these comments into consideration it would be a very long boring post.

I’m happy in my life, I love my family and appreciate my job. I have taken this whole experience as a lesson for when my children start using social media. Mummy and Daddy will be watching!!!

Be kind people, it costs nothing.

Rachelle xx

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4 thoughts on “Think before you type……

  1. Gemma says:

    I love this post. Good on you. I’m sorry those losers wrote stupid things, and I’m so happy you know how to handle it like a pro. Nothing but admiration over here. xx

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  2. Kati says:

    Wow, I love this post, you are so right and I can really relate to this pic because my car (bought brand new a few months ago) looks exactly the same and the child seats do too and please let us not mention the house because I do not even want to think about it. I am in the office right now where things are nice and clean and people use the toilets and don’t scream around when they do not get their will (at least most of the time they don’t) and I do really enjoy being here as I do enjoy being home with my family and the whole rest? Really, I can still live in a museum and drive a car looking brand new even if it is 10 years old in 20 years. Until than i TRY to embrace the chaos or I just don’t look to close 🙂

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  3. Laura Honey says:

    So sad that people bullied you! We should be more supportive of each other! How do people even have enough time to bully people?!?!?! So sad for these people, must be quite lonely
    xx

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