You gotta give Teen Mom Jenelle Evans some credit for trying to turn her life around and rebrand herself as doting mother instead of a reckless criminal with a substance abuse problem. But some of her followers just won’t give her a break, taking every opportunity to criticize.
Last weekend, Evans posted some pictures on Instagram of her 2-year-old son Kaiser and fiancé David Eason on a trip down the river in their boat. One of the snaps shows Kaiser wearing a Puddle Jumper, leaning on the side of the boat.
"My little man is always safe in his #PuddleJumper," Evans wrote on social media, but plenty of people disagreed, telling her the Puddle Jumper was for kids learning to swim and wouldn’t save Kaiser’s life if he were to fall into the water.
As Evans rightly pointed out to her critics, the Puddle Jumper is U.S. Coast Guard-certified (the requirement for use on boats), and it's also one of the most popular life jackets for kids who can't yet swim. Due to the design of the Puddle Jumper, the child will always float to the top of the water if they fall in, and it stops their face from going back into the water.
It's designed for a child who weighs 30 to 50 pounds, making it ideal for kids around 2 to 4 years old.
Obviously no child who can't swim should be left unsupervised near water, even if they are wearing a life jacket. But Evans didn't do that. She was right by Kaiser the whole time they were in the boat. This Teen Mom may have made some big mistakes in the past, but how about we all lighten up and cut her some slack?
As parents, we all have to make judgment calls in all aspects of our children's lives. We don't all go for the same car seats or high chairs or life jackets. We do our best and want to keep our kids safe at all times. Evans is no different than the rest of us.
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