The parent shamers are at it again.
After getting a barrage of comments she never asked for, Cardi B was forced to tell the cacophony of parent shamers to sit down. Cardi B responded to public criticism after sharing a video of her 2-year-old daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, who joined her and Offset on a mini weekend vacation. Why was she being criticized? Well, Kulture was using a pacifier. Yeah.
The mom of one shared several photos of her Valentine’s Day weekend on Instagram Stories. Joined by her husband, Offset, the two, along with Kulture, enjoyed a romantic February vacation. In one of the photos, Kulture is seen sitting at a stool on a boat out in the water. She looks to be having fun, her smile is big, but Kulture is also using a pacifier.
That soothing item set people off so much they went from Cardi B’s Instagram Stories to Twitter to share their unsolicited opinions.
Lmao Cardi not even trying to take that pacifier away from Kulture 😒
— T (@_Tiffaaannniii) February 15, 2021
“Cardi B daughter is toooo damn big to have a pacifier,” one person tweeted.
“Cardi baby gotta let that paci go,” wrote another.
“I love Cardi but Kulture still has a pacifier!” and “Cardi b know she wrong still letting Kulture suck a pacifier,” more critics tweeted.
And kulture has a mouth full of spaced teeth that’ll probably be like that into adulthood because her mother doesn’t want to hear her cry for a pacifier
— Black Widow (@KeepnupwRan) February 16, 2021
Not only should the parent-shamers think before they speak when it comes to criticizing another mom, but their criticisms are also basically unfounded.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there’s no hard rule for pacifier use. There’s no set age for when kids have to stop using them. They’re actively encouraged for young babies, and while the experts say that sometimes using one after 2 years of age can cause issues with dental malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth, such as an open bite or crossbite), that’s not really a concern until the child is over 4 years old.
Cardi B wasn’t having the judgments on her parenting. She took to Twitter to push back on those who are questioning Kulture’s use of a pacifier.
“Some kids are not like YOUR KIDS ! some kids don’t leave they paci fast or bottle or potty trained faster then others,” she tweeted. “Some kids are cool, calm some like to play and are super active that barely naps (mine) stop tellin moms what to do with their kids. All kids are different.”
Some kids are not like YOUR KIDS ! some kids don’t leave they paci fast or bottle or potty trained faster then others .Some kids are cool ,calm some like to play and are super active that barely naps (mine) stop tellin moms what to do with their kids.All kids are different’
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) February 16, 2021
This isn’t the first time Cardi B has dealt with parent shamers, and unfortunately, it likely won’t be the last. It’s got to be exhausting to hear all this negativity all the time. But, it’s clear that Kulture is living her best life, that she’s happy and well taken care of. And that’s all that matters.
But, also, stop judging parents, OK?