A member of Bachelor Nation, who is also a new mom, pushed back after some fans criticized an aspect of her parenting. Tia Booth and her fiancé Taylor Mock welcomed their son Tatum Booth Mock on December 6th. The former ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ contestant has shared several updates since Tatum’s arrival, but one in particular sparked strong reactions. It didn’t take Booth long to share some samples of the criticism she’d received and make it clear that she wasn’t interested in that kind of feedback.
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As “The Bachelor” noted on Reddit, the drama came after Booth recently shared an Instagram story. She revealed that she and her fiancé used a night nurse with Tatum a few nights a week. Shortly after posting this story, she returned to her Instagram Stories to clapping back at the critics.
Booth shared a screenshot of a Direct Message she received, which read: “Not trying to be mean but having a child means in the middle of the night when they wake up taking responsibility and caring for your baby associate. Not hiring someone to do it for you so you can ‘sleep’.” The former ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ star responded to this person by admitting that having help is a luxury, and she shared more details in her Instagram story. Noting that she’d received “three more who weren’t so kind,” she admitted she would keep such things to herself from now on.
“It’s a temporary ministry that helps us tremendously as first-time parents,” Booth explained. “I learned so much from these nurses and I’ll never look back and think, damn, I wish I had been more sleep deprived those nights.” The Bachelor veteran emphasized, “I can be a better mom during the day if I’m THINKING can and know my baby was so loved and cared for the night before.” She also explained that neither she nor her fiancé have extended family in the area to help them.
Not only did Booth receive critical direct messages about the night nurse, some “Bachelor Nation” fans also commented on their latest Instagram post.
“Not followed. The lack of acknowledgment of privilege while complaining about motherhood and having a NIGHT SISTER is incredibly deaf,” one critic wrote. “Had she acknowledged her privilege while also talking about the hundreds of thousands of dollars she’s poured into privileged items, it would be different.”
Booth resumed her Instagram Stories as the drama escalated. Sharing an adorable photo of a sleeping baby Tatum, she wrote, “STOP SHAMING THE FREAKIN MOM SHAMING” and “MOMS who have been first-time moms will say, ‘Do what’s best for you and your family’ and you then shame & lose respect for you for needing help.” She added, “We can only be praised when we’re exhausted and doing everything on our own?? It’s madness.”
While the ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ star was frustrated by the criticism, she also received a ton of support.
“More people should have access to night nurses etc. especially if they don’t have family to help them. I’m sure she gets along well with her baby. What a stupid thing to judge,” wrote one Redditor.
“Tia isn’t my cup of tea but I agree 100% with her that if you can afford a night nurse, get a night nurse. Sometimes people think the only way to be a good parent is to fight,” added another.