Toria Sheffield
February 28, 2017 7:24 am

Today in the continual stream of online parent-shaming news: Some people are really mad about a recent photo of Kourtney Kardashian’s daughter. As in four-year-old Penelope.

What’s that you ask? Was Kourtney dangling her child from a tall building, body-shaming her to the point of tears, sharing something private or embarrassing?  None of the above. The picture at hand showed Penelope lying next to her mom on a bed, wearing a fake lip ring. And it’s bringing on some intense heat from some of Kourtney’s Insta followers.

But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the photo in question:

Okay, so in our humble opinions, this is just about the most average (and super sweet) photo of a mom and kid we’ve ever seen. Penelope is resting with her eyes closed, looking totally content with her mama. Yes, she’s wearing a fake lip ring (which we saw Kim wear at the family Christmas party), but kids love donning sparkly objects, no matter what they are. Oh, and also, IT’S FAKE!

(And even if it was 100% real, piercing norms vary widely from culture to culture and family to family, so it’s still not really something strangers should feel the need to dictate).

However, certain members of the peanut gallery were still pretty angry. Some of the comments on Kourtney’s Insta included:

“A child shouldn’t have that. Period.”

“You got your little daughter a lip ring? And parent of the year goessss to.”

“Why don’t you just add a belly button ring too. When I was her age I wasn’t even allowed to wear nail polish.”

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Okay, clearly some of these commenters don’t realize the lip ring is fake (but if they follow the family on social media they would have seen it on other family members). Regardless, it just seems as though everyone should take a deep breath and two steps back before sharing negative or mean-spirited comments about other people’s parenting (and not just today, but EVERY DAY).

The world would be a much better place. And also, a MUCH kinder place for parents, who are usually just trying to do the very best they can.

Kourtney, we happen to think the picture is adorbs, and we’re glad to see you and Penelope looking so happy. Also, we may or may not be looking into fake lip rings for ourselves, FYI.