Jimmy and Nadia Bartel went on holiday.
It is, you would think, where the story both starts and and ends. But because the internet is fiery and its warriors defiant, self-righteous and a little grumpy if we’re honest, the story doesn’t start and end with a holiday.
The story starts with a holiday and ends with the most monumental and misguided parent shaming you can concoct, wrapped up nicely with inherent sexism to boot. What a gift, eh?
You see, Nadia and Jimmy Bartel went on holiday without their nearly three-year-old son, Aston. And because of this, and the subsequent war of words between judgey parents that sat within the comments section of the mum-of-one’s Instagram, she was forced to issue a statement of sorts, defending her decision.
“Finally home with my big boy. He has changed so much in a week (tonnes of new words) and I missed him more than I even imagined. It was such a hard decision to leave him but I am feeling so refreshed. I have to make a small mention on the parent shaming I received going on a holiday without him. I totally respect everyone’s parenting choices. You know the right choice for your child and if that means taking them on holiday with you, then hell yes you should, and I wouldn’t judge you either way,” she wrote.