“Those are fake. Wonder how much she paid?”
“That’s nasty, she needs to put some clothes on.”
“Can you believe her? Barely divorced for two months, and already hooking up with some other guy!”
I’ll bet money you’ve made a comment like one of those above (or worse) in front of your kids. I know I have. Don’t think that’s true? Listen to yourself the next time you’re watching TV, listening to the radio, or scanning Facebook.
In this modern world, snark (making a snide remark) is king (or queen). After all, snark makes us sound clever. Who doesn’t want to sound clever? I can’t help but wonder, though, if our “snark society” isn’t only adding fuel to the bullying fire that’s ravaging our children. And moms, I think we’re more to blame than anyone.
Women are natural gossipers. Whether good-intentioned or not, we’re highly skilled at pointing out perceived flaws in others. We often do this in front of our children without realizing they’re listening. (They’re always listening.)
It’s no wonder children mimic this behavior in their peer groups.
Trust me, I enjoy laughing at the insanity of life as much as anyone else, but I’m going to be much more careful at doing so at the expense of others (especially unwilling participants). Besides, if you saw the way I look during my Walmart ventures, you may feel inclined to post my pic as “crazy mom with mismatched socks who can’t control screaming toddler.” I, for one, will not give consent for you to post that pic (at least not until I put on some matching socks).