I've noticed a disturbing trend lately, especially on social media sites such as Facebook. I like to call this the "vicarious baby mother". We all know at least one of these types. They create an account for themselves but yet the entire wall is dedicated to an endless stream of pictures and updates about their child.
Now don't get me wrong, everyone enjoys sharing in friends' and families important life events but most of us are not interested in hearing about your new baby's every burp, diaper change or bowel movement.
We don't want to "vote" for your baby in some competition. Yes, you think your baby is the most wonderful, beautiful creation under the sun but the rest of us don't particularly share in your extreme enthusiasm.
So what causes mothers to behave in this manner? Most will say that they are just proud of their offspring and want to show the rest of the world how amazing their little ones are. BUT... it is actually a deep seated pathology and stems from a desire to live vicariously through their child.
They want their child to have the perfect life that think they lacked. Their child must be the perfect, beautiful, intelligent amazing extension of their own ego. It's a dangerous route to go down and will lead to a child who feels pressured to be everything "mommy dearest" desires.
My advice to these mothers is to BACK OFF and let their children be themselves. Let them create their own online persona's when they are ready to do so.
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