Mum fires back at online trolls over twins’ bedtime video

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It’s a video all parents can identify with – a mum struggling to get not one, but two, unwilling toddlers to bed.

Norwegian mum Henriette Jonassen posted a lighthearted time-lapse video on YouTube documenting one night of trying to get her twin two-year-old boys to stay in bed. The video quickly captured the imagination of parents across the world, with more than three-and-a-half million views in two weeks.

Ms Jonassen, 21, was surprised by the response – but even more so by some of the nasty comments she endured from online trolls. So much so that she started a blog, and used her first post to hit back at haters.

“When you call me a bad mom, tell me I never should have kids and encourage me to hit my kids, I can’t just sit back and say nothing. I won’t,” she writes. “I live in Norway, and if we hit our kids we lose them. Thank God for that!”

She explains that her usual routine hadn’t been working recently and a friend had suggested trying something new. “But I was pretty certain it wouldn’t work, so I filmed it,” she says.  She says she posted the video on Facebook and before she knew it, it had gone viral. “That was not my purpose, but I thought it was quite funny actually, and people kept sharing it,” she says.

But she says comments became “mean, hurtful and disrespectful”, criticising her parenting style and bedtime routine. “What I want to achieve, is to tell you that I’m not a bad mom. I’d do anything for my children, I really would,” she writes.

It’s a perfect response – but what a shame she felt she had to justify her parenting decisions to the whole world! What do you think? Watch her video below and then check out her blog post.

 

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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