A MUM has recalled how she was savagely mum-shamed for not telling her three-year-old off when he wet himself in public.
Kelsie explained that she follows a gentle parenting approach with her kids.
So when he had an accident, and also "smushed some food into the carpet", she wasn't about to "punish" him like the other person wanted.
"That person told me they would have whooped my son's a*s but that's just not me," Kelsie said in a video on her TikTok page.
"They told me I was a 'bad, selfish mum' for not punishing him.
"My son's only three, him and I have a good vibe with each other.
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"And when my son had the accident in his pants, I told him 'Hey man, it's ok – accidents happen, but next time can you tell Mummy when you have to pee?'"
As for the food and the carpet, Kelsie said she made him go over, pick the food up and put it in the rubbish.
"He got upset and started crying, and I told him to sit down, and once he's done crying, we can talk," she said.
"So about a minute later he stopped crying, came over to me, sat on my lap and we talked about why we don't do that and why we listen to me.
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"I taught him the importance of being respectful of someone else's property, and he agreed with me and said he wouldn't do it again."
And while the same person told Kelsie she was "stupid" for trying to teach her child manners that way, she soon had proof that she wasn't.
"My son threw a french fry on the ground, went over there to smush it, stopped and then picked it up and threw it in the rubbish," she said.
"We don't have to beat our children to teach them lessons.
"Children deserve respect, they don't know what's good or bad, and it's our duty to teach them.
"Just like what your parents said – treat people how you want to be treated.
"And I'm not about to treat my three-year-old like he's dirt on the bottom of my shoe."
People were quick to weigh in on Kelsie's video in the comments section, with one writing: "You're not stupid.
"Children are humans too, and they have to be taught. You can’t expect a child to know right and wrong without being taught."
"Yesss!" another added.
"Love hearing this, you stand your ground momma! I’m with you!"
As a third commented: "I’m pregnant right now, and honestly this is what I mean when I say I want to communicate with my future child."
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"Why does everyone always want to punish a baby?" someone else questioned.
"They are learning still."
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