“We already as moms already have enough guilt,” Roper, 32, explained on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on Wednesday, October 23. “Like, we’re already trying to be a perfect parent for our kids. … People parent differently all over the world, culturally. Even my next-door [neighbors] parent differently than I do. It’s just what’s best for our family, but people like to bring that in and try to put it on top of you.”
The Colorado native, who shares Emerson, 2, and Brooks, 3 months, with her husband, Tanner Tolbert, went on to list the parenting decisions she’s been criticized for since becoming a mom in 2017, from “the big stuff to the small stuff.”
“The most intense things are like, ‘Do you vaccinate your kids or do you not vaccinate your kids?’” Roper said. “But there’s things like sleep training, like, ‘Do you let your kid cry it out? Do you not let your kid cry it out?’ or ‘How long do you breast-feed?’ or ‘Oh, my gosh, it’s a little chilly outside, why doesn’t your kid have a coat on? Why did you do that? Why does your kid not have shoes on? It’s outside, they could step on something.’ It’s so drastic.”
Waddell shares Isabella, 20 months, with Evan Bass and loves how Roper chooses responds to haters on Instagram. “Sometimes, when you feel really strongly about something, you will post a comment back that is so well worded,” the “Dream Train” singer said. “It’s, like, what every mom wants to say, but no one knows how to say it properly. You shut those people down in the nicest, kindest way.”
In June, for instance, Roper wrote back to an Instagram troll who said her daughter is showing signs of autism. “You all, these are NOT okay messages to send to people,” the former ABC personality wrote on her Instagram Story at the time. “If you all mean well, it’s still not okay to say she has autism or needs speech therapy or to comment on any sort of thing like that to anyone about their child. We are her parents, we have a great pediatrician, and we know her development. Comments like this throw me for a loop.”
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