‘Jersey Shore’ Star Snooki Came Under Fire for Doing This to Her Kids at Disney World

July 6, 2019 Updated: July 6, 2019

Raising kids in today’s world is challenging. It’s hard to know what to do when young moms are targeted by advertisers who prey on their anxieties, the judgment of older, more experienced mothers who think they know best, and last but not least, the internet at large, in which people who don’t know each other comment on the most intimate aspects of each other’s lives.

For reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, being in the limelight is both a blessing and a curse. While her 12.4 million Instagram followers clearly show how interested people are in her daily doings, this visibility also makes her vulnerable to an all-too-common phenomenon in the age of social media: “mom-shaming.”

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What exactly does this mean? Psychology Today offers a helpful definition, which is when the choices moms have to make (about breastfeeding, screen time, discipline, schooling, etc.) are harshly criticized by others. “Often, the ‘advice’ or ‘suggestion'” that new moms, in particular, receive “is completely unsolicited and makes [them] feel guilty or uncertain.”

Mom-shaming can come from just about anywhere, most often from your own family or in-laws, but for celebrities, the biggest source is the internet.

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As Psychology Today noted, big-name stars such as Mariah Carey, Mila Kunis, and Maggie Gyllenhaal have all come under public fire for simple things like pictures of them breastfeeding in public or using a pacifier with an older child. And recently, it was Snooki’s turn to get caught in the line of self-righteous fire when she went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and kids.

The act that got everyone so riled up was in an Instagram post that showed Snooki, who’s in her third trimester expecting a baby boy, along with her 6-year-old son Lorenzo and 4-year-old daughter Giovanna. The catch? The two kids were sitting in strollers after they were worn down by all the excitement of a long day at the theme park.

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While this might seem a pretty small thing, given that an average visit to Disney could have you walking 11.5 miles, as demonstrated by BuzzFeed, many people felt the need to blast Snooki’s parenting decision.

One Instagram user wrote that “pushing a child in a stroller for to[o] long is bad for a childs psychological development,” without citing any evidence. Another mom shamer wrote that “parents now of days [sic] are to[o] lazy to deal with their kids, they push 6 yr olds in a stroller or put a leash on the kid.”

Clearly, some Instagram users felt they had the right to tell Snooki what to do with her kids. Thankfully, many of Snooki’s followers and fellow parents called out the shamers, challenging their right to tell a very pregnant mother of two small children what to do.

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One Instagrammer responded, “Have you been to Disney? It’s a lot of walking! I even want a stroller after hours of walking.” Others chimed in about how great strollers were because they help keep kids from getting lost as well as overtired. Nearly everyone on the comments section agreed that moms know best what their kids need.

As one Snooki supporter commented, as a mom she has the right to choose “what she does with HER OWN KIDS. I’m pretty sure they came from her belly and no one else.” Here’s to Snooki and all the moms out there who choose to spend quality time with their kids, no matter how they do it!

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