Many of us who are parents know well the phenomenon of parent-shaming – when certain judgmental people seem to derive greatest pleasure from scolding other parents for doing child-rearing “the wrong way”. It’s one of the hazards of posting about your kids on social media – no matter how seemingly innocuous your pics or stories are, there’ll be someone telling you you’re risking your child’s life or permanently scarring them.
For those of us who know this aggravation, we have a new hero: Stephen Crowley of Dublin.
Starting last year, Crowley has been photoshopping his adorable daughter Hannah into pics of, in his words, “marginally dangerous situations”, to get a rise out of the busybodies of the world, and give the rest of us a laugh. His Instagram contains pics of little Hannah sitting unaccompanied on the brink of a bridge, standing precariously on the edge of a landing above a staircase, perched on her father’s lap in the driver’s seat while she steers the car, and various other scenes of peril.
Crowley began the series when Hannah was spending a lot of time in the hospital being treated for serious medical problems – as he took as many photos as he could of his daughter, the idea came to him to have some fun with them. Fortunately, Hannah is now doing much better, and the photos of her continue to delight a worldwide audience. While also sparking hilariously self-righteous responses from those who don’t get the joke.
Check out Stephen’s Instagram for pics galore of little Hannah, Photoshopped and otherwise.