One mom is facing scrutiny after plucking her baby's unibrow.
In a post on the subreddit AmITheA**hole, an anonymous mother admitted to doing some cosmetic changes on her 15-month-old baby because she's a little hairier than the average one-year-old. In fact, she was born with a full head of hair and eyebrows, but as she got older, her unibrow became more prominent. As the mother explained the situation and the method in which she plucked the eyebrows, she noticed her friend was very concerned and did not approve of her process at all.
"She had this horrified look and said she was surprised that I did that," says the mother. "I didn’t really know what to say, but obviously, I felt a little insecure about my decision after that."
Now, she's taken to the Internet, using a burner account, to ask others if she's in the wrong. It turns out, most of the internet agrees with the friend. Regardless of stance, it seems the entire story was filled with intense responses. While some parents feel the need to alter a baby's appearance purely for aesthetical reasons, others think its perfectly fine as long as the baby isn't hurt in the process.
The user was certified as an A**hole, and was roasted by the subreddit's users. Most believe aesthetically changing a baby is pretty messed up, and it sets the stage for creating an atmosphere where, when older, the child could have low self-esteem if that behavior keeps up. That wasn't unanimous, however. In fact, many Redditors sided with the mom. Since she did it while the baby was asleep, many felt like no harm was done. They also raised the point that it is her baby, so you can't really tell a mother what's best for her child.
Looking at this from an unbias perspective, this is a tricky situation to pick a side for. On one hand, a baby's appearance should only really matter when it comes to health, but on the other, cutting a baby's hair is a common practice as early as eight months. Still, plucking eyebrows is a little more of a delicate procedure, but if the child doesn't feel any harm, then it's hard to be that upset.