Discussing how to raise your kid is one of the easiest ways to get in a fight on the internet today.
Are there universal rules, or is it to each his own? Should I share pictures of my kid all over social media or keep them private? How old is too old for this or that? What books should I read them?
While it’d be nice to think that parents can choose what’s best for their own child, sometimes you see something that really makes you wonder. Enter Sophie Cachia, a 25-year-old “Mum. Wife. Self-proclaimed legend,” known for her strong social media presence and blog entries on The Young Mummy.
Recently, she posted a video of herself reading a children’s book called Go the F**k to Sleep to her toddler, and while it might seem like a joke to some, others were quick to get defensive.
Sophie Cachia is a glamorous and spunky 25-year-old mother known for her blog, The Young Mummy.
Sophie has a strong social media presence where she capitalizes on one of the world’s most common and relatable topics: parenting. As a young mother, this Australian experiences firsthand the ups and downs of raising a kid while still trying to act her age and enjoy life, and based on all her posts, it seems like she’s doing an awesome job.
But after sharing a recent video, some people are questioning her techniques.
Moms in Real Life
By no means is Sophie a quiet, PC mom. In fact, some of her recent posts include “Let’s talk about sex, baby!” and “Perfect Parents: Do Not Enter.”
As a young mother, she understands very well what it’s like to get pregnant and have a kid, all while being positively bombarded with advice from every angle—whether or not she asks for it.
She writes, “Something I struggled with throughout the early days of being pregnant and having a newborn was the overwhelming advice. Being only 22 years of age upon falling pregnant, the floodgates certainly opened to opinions, although I don’t think age has much to do with it – I think it’s an inevitable part of life when you announce you’re expecting.
“I must say, a lot of the time, it is with good intentions. I – even now – find myself giving off my tips and tricks to friends and their new babies, only to realize what I’m doing and quickly pull myself back into line. When it comes to new mothers, I think opinions can only be justified when they are asked for. And boy did I receive many that weren’t!”
Likewise, Cachia is no stranger to criticism. What books to read, what stroller to buy… the list never ends. But now, she may be facing more criticism than ever before.
“Go the F**k to Sleep”
In a video shared earlier this week, Sophie shows herself reading the book Go the F**k to Sleep to her toddler. Described as a “children’s book for adults,” the short story was written by author Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, and published in 2011.
The video has already been viewed nearly 67 K times in four days, and comments are split as to whether or not her choice of book was appropriate. While many comments remain positive, others criticize her actions, saying things like “I have to admit I’ve absolutely adored your page until this post, I literally had to watch this countless [times] to actually process that you swore in front of your child. You are literally teaching him wrong from such a young age, and robbing him of his innocence.”
Did she make a mistake? Here’s what Sophie had to say to her critics…