Unfortunately, part of sharing your life on social media means opening yourself (and your family) up to criticism from strangers on the internet. Though Coco Austin is no stranger to this dilemma, she is clapping back at those who are judging her for letting her 6-year-old daughter take a bath in the kitchen sink.
Last week, Austin shared a video on her TikTok and Instagram accounts that show how she and her daughter, Chanel, were getting ready for a big fashion show event. In the clip, you can see Chanel sitting in the (albeit huge) kitchen sink, contentedly watching her iPad as she relaxed and waited for her mom to get ready to go.
Naturally, commenters weighed in on the fact that kitchen sink baths, while common, aren’t super common in children beyond the infancy and toddler stages. Others chimed in with support, noting the size of the kitchen sink and the fact that Chanel was 100% completely unbothered by the whole scenario.
After noting that something so innocuous could garner such a big reaction and media attention, Austin took to Twitter to share her feelings.
“Wow just Wow! Here we go again! Giving my lil girl a bath in the sink went Viral? SMH!” she wrote. “People, you gotta know by now that I’m an unconventional mother. I do what works and is easier on me. Some may want to take some pointers rather than rag on me!”
To be fair, aren’t we all always looking for ways to make our lives easier as parents? Whatever works and doesn’t cause harm to our children, ourselves, or others, right? Sure, most of us likely don’t bathe our school-age children in sinks. On the flip side, most of us don’t have kitchen sinks that our school-age children could comfortably bathe in.
So honestly…who cares?
Last year, Coco Austin faced backlash after revealing Chanel, then five years old, was still breastfed on occasion.
“Chanel still likes my boob. She’s five years old,” Austin said in an interview with Us Weekly. “A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, you’re not getting the nutrition after 2 years old. Why do it?’ And I’m like, My child’s eating steak and hamburgers. She just likes a little snack every now and then and more of the bonding between the mother. Why take that away from her?”
Sharing opinions and comments on public photos and interviews isn’t automatically the wrong thing to do, of course, as long as they’re not cruel. Because no matter how anyone feels about Coco Austin’s parenting (and regardless of how you feel, her love for her daughter is extremely evident), little Chanel is going to be able to read those comments and see those stories someday, and that alone is worth keeping in mind.