Stacey Solomon has hit back at trolls who have critiqued her family dynamic. She put up an Instagram post stating that everybody's family is unique.
Stacey Solomon is a firm favourite here at Family Friendly HQ. You can always depend on Solomon to show the very real but also wonderful parts of motherhood - normalizing real motherhood one Instagram post at a time.
This week the loose women panelist was trolled online, and she hit straight back.
Solomon is a mum of three. She has two sons from previous relationships, having had Leighton at 17 by her then-boyfriend Dean Cox and Zachary with her former fiancé Aaron Barham. She has just welcomed third son Rex with former EastEnders star Joe Swash.
As always, Solomon has taught us a valuable lesson about motherhood. Each family's experience of what family is is different and each mum’s experience of motherhood is different. There is no right or wrong in how you chose to have your family and there is certainly no room for criticizing someone else’s decision about motherhood.
In a post on Instagram this week, Solomon spoke about how sending the older boys off to spend time with their dads reminded her about the trolling she often gets about her family dynamic.
She posted a photo of Leighton and Zachary, telling followers, "They’re off on their holidays with their daddy’s tonight and they’ve been inseperable [sic] all day!’ She continued ‘They’re going to have the best time but they will miss each other lots. (And I will miss them a tiny bit too)."
"For the last couple of days, they’ve stopped arguing and bickering and have been really soppy and cuddly knowing that they’re about to go off on their adventures. ‘For the first time they have a new dimension, leaving Rexy. It’s always hard to split them up, but it’s so important for them to spend special time and make memories with the rest of their families."
She then shared an honest piece with her followers about the trolling she has experienced.
"Recently I’ve experienced people having a lot to say about alternative family set ups," she admitted. "So I thought I'd just say this...
“No matter what negative, unhelpful things people may say or think, ignore it because they’re wrong,” she said, passionately.
“Don’t ever let it get you down. It doesn’t define you or your family. The boys’ brotherly bond is just as strong as any other regardless of our set up - and the decisions I’ve made have made us stronger as a family.”
She openly continued, "I used to really beat myself up about not being able to offer them a 'normal', 'perfect' family all under one roof. Until I realised how normal, and perfect our family is for us.
"Seeing the way they are together reminds me that it's all OK. Families come in all shapes and sizes and what’s important is that the love is there no matter where it comes from. We are not a 'broken family' in any way shape or form we are an extended family. And everyone loves an extension."
Solomon shares a very important message here I think we can all learn from. There is no ‘perfect’ family dynamic. All families are unique in one way or another and who are we to question another persons family dynamic? What is ‘normal’ to you or I may be totally different for another family. And that's okay.