Mom Blogger Under Fire for Saying Her Son Is the Least 'Liked' of All Her Kids on Instagram
It’s not your kid’s birthday unless you post about it on social media. Blogger Katie Bower, of Bower Power Blog, started off doing that for her son, but somewhere along the way, her birthday shout-out went terribly wrong.
Bower lives in Georgia with her five kids. Recently, one of her four sons turned 6 years old and, like any mama, she took to Instagram to wish him a happy birthday, Buzzfeed News reports. The post started out like all typical birthday messages, where she shared sweet memories of her son.
“Thankful for [redacted] today. [He] was just the best baby—cuddly and easy, a hard toddler, always on the move and slow to talk, which led to lots of crying and one of the most helpful and sweet-hearted little boys,” she boasts. “He is quiet, except when he’s not, overflowing with unique personality…He loves organizing and quality time, and says one day he is going to be a daddy to 100 babies. And when he hugs and kisses you, you believe it.”
And then things really went downhill from there.
“Guys, I am going be perfectly honest—Instagram never liked my munchkin and it killed me inside. His photos never got as many likes. Never got comments. From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there,” the mom of the birthday boy explains.
Bower then spewed out a few theories as to why her adorable 6-year-old doesn’t seem to hit it off with her followers.
“Maybe part of that was the pictures just never hit the algorithm right. Part might be because he was ‘the baby’ for a very short amount of time, and people like babies,” she claims. “I say all that because I want to believe that it wasn’t him, that it was on me. My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit, because obviously my munch should get all the love. And squinty eyes are totally adorable.”
At this point, the mom of five saw it fit to ask her followers to show her son some love by liking her post.
“So can we do this right? Because I truly know that my munch deserves all the likes, whether or not a stranger gives it to them,” the blogger explains. “No matter what other people think of me or my kids or my marriage or my house or my life or my everything…They are 1,000,000,000 times better in real life than any tiny, little picture could hold.”
As you can imagine, the public had a lot of feelings about the mom’s bizarre birthday post. Bower later removed the picture and caption, and shared an Instagram story where she attempted to explain herself.
“I had to learn that the likes do not reflect much to me,” she says. “Kids know there [are] likes on photos and it’s very human nature to compare. So for me, my personal growth journey is teaching my kids it doesn’t matter.”
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