Back-to-School-Mom’s Kids Get Their Revenge

by Chrysula on July 11, 2013 in mothering

Last August, during standard “back-to-school” photos, one mom (a dear friend of mine) in a split second decision, asked her kids to make a sad face for a fun photo. The pic was snapped by her husband in one take. She slapped it up on her Facebook page and thought nothing of it.  A bit of a laugh, that’s all.

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Well, a friend shared it on Facebook (not me!). And then another and another. Soon it was posted on Reddit and 1.5 million hits later, Good Afternoon America picked it up as well as BuzzFeed, Babycenter and various regional news websites. What was fascinating was how the Internet (surprise!), polarized heatedly around my friend’s mothering. Detractors ranged from assaults on her appearance to teachers bemoaning parents who view school as free baby-sitting to other mothers ripping her parenting skills apart in great detail. Yet for each detractor, hundreds of commenters came in to defend her and challenged critics to lighten up. Every time she was tempted to dive in and comment, others took care of the over-zealous and the hateful.

Several months later, I am sitting in her kitchen and we’re laughing about it all. She’s about the funniest woman I know with clever wit and amazing outlook on life. And when her (perfectly delightful, well-adjusted and deeply supported) kids got out of school a few weeks ago, they got their own revenge. So lighten up Internets!

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Lyssa July 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

This just made me smile……as a teacher and mommy!

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Chrysula July 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Lyssa, EXACTLY! :)

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Lila Foxgrove July 12, 2013 at 3:22 am

That mom looks like trouble to me! Oh, the company you keep, Ms. Winegar!

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Chrysula July 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

: )

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Kell July 12, 2013 at 3:33 am

I dont understand why people are so nasty. There is nothing wrong with either of these pics!!! Why are people so damn judgemental. Clearly the kids have faux sadfaces. Clearly she’s a relaxed happy mum with kids who will go along with her fun ideas so shes not doing much wrong in my books. People need tog et a grip!

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Melissa B July 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

She is one of my old dear friends and no one has ever made me laugh so hard in my life. She has the best sense of humor and I love her for it. Way to go L!!

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Chrysula July 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm

They don’t come any more clever or hilarious Melissa! Aren’t we lucky to call her our friend?!!

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Karen September 8, 2013 at 6:19 am

I lved this picture from the moment I saw it …and even remade one of me and my kids…people r ridiculous if they think she was being serious..,common I guess only parents can get this parent humor…if you want to see my pic follow me on instagram @mami_doesitall

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Jessie Lynn March 28, 2014 at 4:03 am

I REALLY would love if anyone knew the actual person in the original photo. The oldest daughter looks EXACTLY like me a year or two ago. I am dying to know who she is.

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