Christina Anstead, who announced her divorce from her second husband, Ant Anstead, in the fall of 2020, had a few words to say for the people who choose to parent shame.
“When I get told ‘you must be an absent mother because you are not with your kids’ – smh (shake my head),” she says. “Wake up people. I hardly post anymore…and I def do not want to post my kids every freaking day to make it a contest of who’s a better parent. f that.”
The ‘Flip or Flop’ star, who still hosts the show with her first ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, shares two older kids, daughter Taylor, 10, and son Brayden, 5. The two divorced in 2018. El Moussa is now engaged to fiancée Heather Rae Young. Christina, who recently changed her Instagram name back to her maiden name Haack, also has a 16-month-old son Hudson with ex Anstead.
Even with “mastering co-parenting,” Christina still comes across comments on her posts with claims she’s an “absent mother” because she doesn’t show images of her and the kids often.
“It means the opposite – I am with them – I’m present,” she said. “So stop parent shaming people, stop choosing sides when there is no side to choose. My point being – when you see stuff on here take it all with a grain of salt. There is a whole lot of Filters and fake smiles. I’ve been guilty of faking it too. We are all struggling – some of us are just better at ‘masking’ it.”
The mother of three recently showed off a new tattoo inspired by the famous poem by the late Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise,” on Instagram.
“Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.”
Still I Rise
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