Pink’s up to her usual tricks. Being a mum-of-two. Baby-wearing. Making a delicious and healthy meal. It’s an outrage, really.
Kids in the kitchen
We’re guessing you can spot the outrage trigger in Pink’s cute Instagram post pretty quickly. Yep. Her kids are in the kitchen.
She’s wearing baby Jameson forward-facing AND tossing a quick stir fry of green veggies at the same time. The outrage levels-up when we pan back (titter!) and notice that daughter Willow is kneeling on the bench, next to the fired-up cook top. Cue disappointed comments.
While many, many parents will relate to this image – and identify with the challenge of getting a healthy dinner on the table when there are kids thrown in the mix – others will be…. very, very cross.
Granted, it’s not ticking a lot of boxes when it comes to safety first, but it is off the richterscale when it comes to offering a realistic glimpse into the dinner-time struggles happening in many homes across the globe.
Many of Pink’s followers were concerned that someone was going to get hurt and felt it their duty to express their disapproval:
“We love you so much, but what are you doing there.??!! It’s to dangerous with 2 little childs (sic) by the stove!”
“And then a spit of hot oil lands in the baby’s eyeball.”
“Cute photo but please don’t cook wearing the baby. I’ve read some really horrific stories about terrible accidents that have occurred doing this.”
“I babywear all.the.time EXCEPT when I’m cooking hot meals. The better alternative, I suppose if you really must, would be wearing the baby on your back. Not directly facing the hot stove.”
But so many others pleaded for Instagrammers to suspend judgement and remember how it feels to have your hands well and truly full.
“I’m a fellow mom of four and I do this all the time. People are so rude and judgemental!” one follower posted.
“Look at you rocking all the things at once! I never would have been able to make a meal when my baby was small if it weren’t for a carrier. They get cranky at dinner time, always. And he loved watching me cook and prepare!” another wrote in solidarity.
Look. Don’t get us wrong. Obviously this is NOT safe. Let’s be clear on that.
But shaming mums and dads for risky behaviour when they’re under pressure is not the best way to inspire change. Especially when it’s in the form of angry and public comments on a social media thread.
We’re all learning on our feet and a little understanding goes a very long way – even if you are a pop star. (Who said pop stars have to be perfect, y’all?!)
Here’s some home safety advice from The Royal Children’s Hospital, in case you’d like to find out more about keeping your kiddos safe in the kitchen.