As parents, we always say the punishment should fit the crime. Sometimes, it’s unclear how we can accomplish this goal but I think it’s usually quite clear how NOT to. In the case of reality star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, her punishment makes very little sense. Her daughter Brielle shared a picture of her butt (Kim’s butt, not her own) via Snapchat and in response, Kim grounded her (which is appropriate) and then, re-posted the photo to her own social media account explaining what her daughter had done. So, hang on- I’m scratching my head. You are telling the world how wrong your daughter was to post your butt picture and then, you re-post it yourself to show her how much it bothered you? Alright, Kim. Here is the photo:
Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann busted her daughter, Brielle, 17, for sending a sassy photo of her mother’s backside over Snapchat.
The caption? “When ur moms ass is fatter than urs.”
Despite the social-media platform’s brief-by-design shelf life, the “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party” singer, 36, caught wind of the photo and posted a screenshot to her Instagram.
I recognize that Kim’s entire career centers around this sort of self promotion. I am not faulting her for sharing this photo to begin with- she has a huge following and people obviously enjoy whatever she’s putting out there. However, after years of watching her mother posting loads of selfies, how can we expect a teenager to understand that her mother posting pictures of herself is acceptable but that it’s wrong for her to post pictures of her mother without permission? An adult can grasp that but a child growing up seeing her mom sharing private moments daily with millions of people? Unless it’s been explicitly discussed, I would not expect her to understand. I think Kim’s focus here should have been to explain to Brielle that it is not her prerogative to share creeper shots of other people. Not to say “Hey, my ass does look pretty great- let’s promote this properly on my Instagram and also, punish Brielle.” I think it sends the wrong message.
This is also another instance of the annoying trend of publicly shaming kids over something they’ve done wrong. No matter who you are, I don’t think it’s right or fair to tell the world what your child has done and to explain their punishment to millions of people. That should be private. Particularly in this case, as Kim is requesting privacy from her daughter, she shouldn’t turn around and tattle about her to Instagram. It gives Brielle the wrong idea and it’s hurtful and embarrassing. I’m not going to be one of those people saying that Kim is a bad parent for her social media over-share but I do think she needs to make the boundaries clear to her kids and explain that her posting selfies is part of what puts a roof over their heads but that she does not want them posting pictures of her without her permission. The way she handled this does not really speak to what the true problem is.
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