Tori Roloff From ‘Little People, Big World’ Just Told Everyone to Stop Criticizing Her Parenting
We’ve been watching Little People, Big World for years — and it seems fans are still fascinated with the Roloff family. From the beginning, we’ve watched Amy and Matt Roloff navigate life as a married couple who both have dwarfism. They never let their condition stop them from following their dreams, however, as they also own a successful business running a farm and have a number of children who are also doing great things. And a fan favorite from the show is Zach Roloff, Amy and Matt’s son who has dwarfism even though his twin brother does not.
Zach and his wife, Tori, are a loving couple with a son of their own. But their followers haven’t always been kind to Tori when it comes to her parenting skills. Here’s why she just had to shut down the haters on her Instagram.
Zach and Tori’s son, Jackson, has dwarfism, too
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Today was our last day on Maui. It has been such a blessing to be here with friends and family. Definitely a trip for the books. One I will never forget. Jackson saw turtles, went on two boats, ate pineapple, played in the sand, swam in the ocean, and went to a luau. He was a champion through it all and he is a reminder to be thankful for every single thing you have. For me- I’m thankful for these people. Mahalo Maui! ☀️❤️
Zach and Tori have been married for years, and they quickly became a fan favorite when they first entered the show as a couple. While Tori is of average height, they knew their child would have a higher than average chance of being born with a form of dwarfism due to Zach’s condition. And though this concerned Tori at first, she knew she’d love her son no matter what — especially since Zach’s small stature never impacted her love for him, either. “We knew our chances of having a dwarf, but it didn’t matter,” she told People. “We just knew we wanted to be parents, however God wanted it to happen.”
In regards to parenting a little person, Zach told People after his son was born in 2017, “You have to encourage a dwarf child a little more because it will take them five steps to do what others can do in two.” He also added, “But I knew, dwarf or not, that I was going to parent my child with the mentality that not everyone gets a trophy. You have to earn it.”
Tori has posted her honest thoughts about parenting in the past
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I share this with the risk of getting mom shamed (again- and for real I don’t care I don’t get humans sometimes). This is for all those mamas out there that sometime feel like they are sinking. That’s been me this week ♀️! But today in particular. Here’s hoping this brings you a good laugh and hopefully you’re Day was better than mine: started out with my husband waking up sick- his headache can’t move I’m dying sick. Now we did get to enjoy a lovely day with friends by the pool but that’s where the fun ended. I came home to Zach still being sick so I tried to play hard ball and get him up and moving- bad idea. He threw up on our front porch because he couldn’t make it to the bathroom (I guess I should be thankful it wasn’t inside). So then I had to hose off throw up from our front porch . I then come back inside to relax but heard Jackson awake in his crib. He often wakes up and just hangs quietly. I needed the extra time so I left him a couple minutes. After about 20 min I went in his room… this is where it gets bad. I noticed something on his face (of course I think it’s blood or something and start freaking out). As I moved closer the smell overcame me. I noticed brown spread all over his sheets and crib- and oh ya- that’s poop… IN HIS HAIR!!!! To make matters worse… we don’t currently have hot water in our house so I had to drive to another house to bathe him. So ya. That’s my day. If you were having a rough day I hope this helps. I can laugh now that Jackson is asleep in a throughly scrubbed crib. ALSO: first time parents: never. Ever. Under any circumstances. Put your child to bed in just a diaper. Just don’t do it. We all have those days. Today involved both vomit and poop. I mean can tomorrow get any worse? Don’t answer that. #momlife #babyjroloff
Thanks to Tori’s active social media, fans of the couple get to keep up with what they’re up to with baby Jackson on a near daily basis. And Tori has never been shy about sharing the parenting process with her followers, either. To People, she noted how the sleepless night were deeply affecting Zach, but she was doing her best to get used to them. And on Instagram, she’s posted plenty of adorable photos of her son while describing the difficulties of being a new mom, too.
In one memorable Instagram post, Tori recounted a particularly difficult day helping a very sick Zach while trying to take care of Jackson at the same time. “I then come back inside to relax but heard Jackson awake in his crib. He often wakes up and just hangs quietly. I needed the extra time so I left him a couple minutes,” she wrote — but she could never be prepared for what happened next. After noticing “something” on Jackson’s face, she ran up to him in his crib and realized what it was. “I noticed brown spread all over his sheets and crib- and oh ya- that’s poop… IN HIS HAIR!!!! To make matters worse… we don’t currently have hot water in our house so I had to drive to another house to bathe him.”
Many fans found the story funny, and others had relatable personal anecdotes to share as well. But, unsurprisingly, a few of her followers weren’t too impressed with the story and took it upon themselves to shame the new mom for the story and accompanying photograph.
She just shut everyone down with this Instagram post
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I wanted to share something that has been on my heart lately. * I feel like I do this every now and again to reiterate why I’m here and what I hope to use my platform for. * Lately I have been getting a lot of negative comments and feedback on my social media. I don’t usually take things to heart because I know I cant please everyone but I had to bring this up. Mom shaming is a real thing and it’s not cool. I get it all the time because I put my tactics out there and I try to be as honest about my life as possible. But for some reason lately I’ve been getting a lot of people bashing my momisms or how I do things in my home. I don’t want my social media to go there. This is a place where I like to be as positive as possible. There’s a lot going on in my life right now personally and I like to use my social media to brighten other’s day but unfortunately there have been days that i feel it’s doing no good. I’m only saying this because I feel like people need to hear it. My life is far from perfect. I know that and I’m okay with that. But when moms and sisters and friends and whoever start shaming each other for what they do with their kids that’s where I draw my line. We’re all doing the best we can and that’s all we can do. I love my son and my family unbearably and I do what I think is best for them. So please-be kind to each other. There are people behind your screens and you never know what a person is walking through. * In the words of the great Rev Run “do your best-forget the rest!” * * * UPDATE I didn’t post this for people to tell me I’m a good mom-I’m the best one I know how to be. I posted as just a reminder to EVERYONE to lift one another up. Don’t knock each other down.
Tori may be willing to share her candid thoughts about parenting with the world, but she’s not willing to be openly hated on — and she’s recently made that clear on Instagram. “Lately I have been getting a lot of negative comments and feedback on my social media,” she wrote in a post. “Mom shaming is a real thing and it’s not cool.” She continued the post by stating that she tries to be as honest about parenting as possible even if it leads to backlash, but she wants her followers to remain as positive as possible. “There’s a lot going on in my life right now personally and I like to use my social media to brighten other’s day but unfortunately there have been days that i feel it’s doing no good,” she continued.
Though she says her life is “far from perfect,” she added she’s drawing the line with other mothers shaming her for the way she chooses to parent baby Jackson. “I love my son and my family unbearably and I do what I think is best for them” she added. And at the end of the post, she reminded everyone she’s the best mom she can possibly be — and that will never change.
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