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Mommy Blogger Laments 6-Year-Old's Lack of Popularity Online

Katie Bower's post has critics pouncing
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2018 12:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – One of Katie Bower's five kids turned 6 on Saturday, and the mommy blogger is taking flak for bemoaning that he's never gotten as many "likes" as the rest of her kids. Bower, who runs the Bower Power blog, also has more than 53,000 followers on Instagram. Over the weekend, she wrote that she was so grateful for Weston, but "Instagram never liked my Munchkin and it killed me inside. His photos never got as many likes. ... From a statistical point of view, he wasn't as popular with everyone out there." She wondered if perhaps this was the case because "people like babies" and he was only the baby for a brief period before the next one came along. "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."

The post—which Bower deleted but is saved in screenshots—later clarified that she was simply saying all this because "one day he will see the numbers and have to learn that his value is not in online approval." That hasn't muted the criticism, however, and Mashable rounds up examples of critics who say that Bower is teaching her kids the wrong lessons about social media; model Chrissy Teigen got in on the action, wondering, "What in the hell??" In a followup Instagram post, Bower denied that she needed Weston to be "liked" and said her "personal growth journey is teaching my kids it doesn't matter," per BuzzFeed. Bower also faced backlash in September when she revealed that it took her a year to realize people were in the World Trade Center when the planes hit on 9/11. (Read our favorite Instagram story so far this year.)

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