Mom Refuses to Forgive Boyfriend for Calling Newborn Baby 'Ugly'

Gillian Sisley

Should a parent ever insult their own child’s looks?

Becoming a parent is something that people take pride in. It tends to be a thankless job, and takes an incredible amount of work. But of the over 10,000 people who become parents every single day in the US, it is still a time of happiness and celebration.

However, in this day and age where vanity is at an all-time high due to social media, looks seem to matter more than ever before. And babies aren't the exception to that vanity rule either.

This sort of situation was highlighted in a recent online post in which a couple welcomes a newborn to the world, and the father comments to the mother about how 'ugly' their baby is.

Should a parent ever insult their own child’s looks?

A Reddit post published on March 20th, reported on by Rebecca Flood from Newsweek, has gone viral with 8,600 upvotes and 3,500 comments.

The author begins his post by explaining that he and his girlfriend recently had a baby, and due to their mixed ethnicities the baby is half Han-Chinese and half Punjabi. The author adds that due to this mix of ethnicities, he knew there would always be a possibility that the child could potentially be 'goofy' looking.

He says that when their daughter was born he didn't hold back on his comments, and certainly doesn't hold back in his Reddit post either. Shortly after her birth, he commented to his girlfriend right away about how 'ugly' their child was. He assures that he still loves her, because it's his child, but she's 'not at all a pretty baby'.

Understandably, the girlfriend was very displeased when her partner said their baby wasn't easy on the eyes. The author couldn't understand why this upset her, as he thought his opinion was pretty obvious just by looking at their kid.

Is there such a thing as an 'ugly' baby?

Young girls grow up in a society that prioritizes their looks over their achievements. This constant messaging they receive from the media and those around them can lead to serious self-esteem issues, and in the worst cases, can lead to the development of eating disorders.

The author concludes his post by verifying that his girlfriend hasn't talked to him since he made his comment, and he feels that it's unreasonable for her to be so offended by what he said.

What do you think? Is the author justified in stating his opinion bluntly about what he thinks of his newborn's looks? Or is he entirely out of line for saying something so cruel about his child who was just born, to the mother who just spent hours upon hours delivering her?

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