Other Parents: Read the Facebook letter telling first-time mother to shut up about her kids
Will Jade Ruthven, 33, stop posting stories about her kid on Facebook? The Australian first-time mother has received an anonymous letter
The letter says:
“…we are all SO OVER your running commentary of your life and every single thing Addy does… Look we all have kids that we are besotted with – guess what – every parent thinks their child is the best. But we don’t ram it down everyone else’s neck!!! She wears a new outfit – well take a photo and send it PRIVATELY to the person who gave it to her – not to everyone!!! She crawls off the mat – we DON’T care!!!!! She’s 6 months old – BIG DEAL!!!” The letter urges Mrs Ruthven to return to work so that she will not have as much time to spend on Facebook.
“Not everyone is as interested as you are about what Addy does so give us all a break… We’re doing this to let you know what people really think.”
The irony is, of course, that now we all know about Mrs Ruthven and her child. Addy is famous. She’s a global star. She gets her greatness from her mum, so they say.
Mrs Ruthven says:
“At first I was in shock and thought this letter must be a joke. I read it and reread it about four times. I was shaking with anger and shock to think a so called friend of mine could be so heartless and gutless to not even sign their name … Being a first time mum is hard enough to get your head around but for someone who was feeling alone or who was struggling with the challenges of motherhood this could have had terrible consequences.”
I’d look not to the parents for the letter writer’s identity but to Addy, who is exceptionally bright for her age and just wants a break from the limelight…