Kids do the darndest things. Think about your own early days: Chances are you had some adorable little hijinks of your own. Of course, your mother didn鈥檛 have social media to share it on. We all know what happens when you post something that seems crazy-cute 鈥 everybody totally trolls you. When English singer, TV personality, and mom Kerry Katona shared a pic on IG of her daughter鈥檚 attempt to cut her own hair, she got some sweet, supportive comments. But she also got plenty of 鈥淎lways keep scissors away from kids!鈥 snarks. Yep, social media mom-shaming sucks. So we鈥檝e got a few ways to deal with them.

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1. Ignore them. Done deal. Forget about those rude comments immediately after reading them. Sure, that鈥檚 easier said than done. But it鈥檚 completely possible. You post a pic and someone makes an odd, insensitive, or rude comment? Adopt a 鈥渨ho cares鈥 attitude and 鈥 like Elsa says 鈥 let it go.

2. Kill them with kindness. Instead of freaking out and stringing together a sailor鈥檚 list of expletives, keep calm and reply with the kindest words you can muster. Maybe some stranger on FB just called you a 鈥渂ad mom鈥 when you posted a super-funny picture of your kiddo covered in tempera paints. Fight back the urge to call them a jerk (okay, that was the G-rated version of what you had in mind) and serenely write something such as, 鈥淎www! Thanks for taking the time to comment.鈥

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3. Ask for empathy. Some people just don鈥檛 think before commenting. They forget about things such as perspective-taking and empathy. But when their memory is jogged, they sometimes magically remember that what they鈥檙e doing is pretty hurtful. At the least, they might not want to risk looking like even more of a jerk in front of others after you ask them to cut you some slack.

4. Remember it鈥檚 them, not you. When someone trolls you, it鈥檚 their problem, not yours. They鈥檙e the one who鈥檚 filled with hate, feeling self-conscious, or is just plain negative. You don鈥檛 spend your days anonymously sitting behind a keyboard and writing judgy, hateful comments. That鈥檚 probably because you have other, better things going on in your life.

5. Show compassion. Along with the 鈥渋t鈥檚 them, not you鈥 idea comes showing compassion. The random person who seems to have so much time on their hands that they can shame you online probably isn鈥檛 exactly happy. Instead of hating back, show some compassion for them. Ask yourself, 鈥淲hat could be going on in their life to make them so mean?鈥 Hey, maybe they鈥檙e just mean 鈥 some people are. But maybe they have been trying to get pregnant and can鈥檛 or they鈥檙e having serious relationship issues.

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6. Just delete. Ignoring isn鈥檛 a possibility. After the first time you read that weirdo, meanish, judgy comment, all was lost. You found yourself suddenly scrolling back down your feed every few seconds, reading and rereading the comment. Don鈥檛 let someone else drag you down. Delete the comment, making it impossible to look at it anymore. (And don鈥檛 forget about options to remove or block someone from access if they鈥檙e a repeat offender.)

7. Rock some celeb style. Take a page from some of the famous faces who鈥檝e shut down social media haters in major ways. When Chrissy Teigen couldn鈥檛 deal with the constant stream of parenting critiques, she called out the trolls in a very public way 鈥 by screenshotting the comments and reporting them herself. Keep in mind, you don鈥檛 need to repost like Teigen did. You can find your own celeb-worthy way of getting those commenters to stop what they鈥檙e doing.

How do you handle social media haters? Share your answer and tweet us @BritandCo!

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