Woman watched a mum and daughter who came to the pool wearing adorable matching suits, the mom pulled out a tripod and took a few selfies with her child and then left the pool. Her little girl kept on insisting to her mother to get into the pool with her but she was busy on the phone the entire time
Jen was enjoying her day at the swimming pool when she noticed a mom entering the pool with her little girl wearing adorable swimming suits. The mom spread the girl's pool toys and sunscreen on a matching towel, pulled out her tripod and took few selfies. Then she got busy on a phone call while the little girl kept on insisting for her mom to get into the pool. After ten minutes, she collected her stuff and left the pool with her daughter. She shared this with other people on social media because she wanted to tell people that what we see on social media 'is not a full depiction of real-life' so don't compare your lives with others on the basis of social media posts.
Social media is often a highlight reel of people's lives rather than a true reflection of reality. What we see on social media is not what is actually happening in our lives, we only share what looks perfect causing other people to feel insecure about their lives being not-so-perfect.
Jen was enjoying her day at a swimming pool when she noticed a mom and daughter entering the pool wearing adorable matching swimming suits.
The young girl waited patiently as her mum spent a few minutes on the phone before she proceeded to spread out their haul of pool toys and sunscreen on a matching towel.
Jen said the young girl then asked if they could get into the pool but was told to wait while her parent posed her in front of the pool, then going into the water and coming back out, all the time with a big smile and saying cheese 'like she'd done it a million times'.
Then the mum got busy in a call, while her little girl started playing. She swam around for a couple of minutes, while politely asking 'mama, can you come in the water with me, please?'.
"Mama glanced over at her but never got off the phone," Jen wrote. "After 10 minutes mama ended her call, collected the sunscreen that was never applied, the water toys that never touched the water, and then her daughter and left the pool.
"I sat there thinking about what I'd witnessed for a while afterwards. I imagined the photos she took being perfectly edited and posted to social media with a caption like 'Pool time with my girly! #Makingmemories'."
Jen then thought about another mum at home, in a messy house, tired because she's spent her day cooking, caring, cleaning and playing with her children.
"She's going to look at that photo and she is going to compare herself to the perfect mama at the pool.
"She's going to feel like a failure. Ugh!! She'll never know that how she spent her time that day was so much better in God's eyes and in her children's eyes than that 'perfect mama' at the pool.
"What we see on social media isn't always real. Sometimes, and often, it's a complete set-up. It's staged and filtered and it's counterfeit.
Jen received some backlash for 'mum shaming' because of this post of her, she replied that she didn't intend to judge the mum for her actions or her reasons for doing it but just wanted to tell people that what we see on social media 'is not a full depiction of real-life' so don't compare your lives with others on the basis of social media posts.