Julia Mancuso, a champion US Olympic skier, got shit for posting a video of her throwing her one-year-old son, the aptly named Sonny, into deep snow. In the clip Julia flings her bundled-up toddler into the air, he disappears into the snow bank, and she fishes him out immediately. Sonny seems totally unbothered, but some commenters, mainly other mommas, were concerned that this stunt was dangerous.
Poor baby. Sometimes laugh is combined with anxiety. He is too small to say what he really felt
I freaked out at first because I didn’t know what was under the snow. I’m born and raised in Florida so I assume this is our equivalent of throwing your kids in the water to teach them how to swim.
Noooooo what r u doing
I love it, pay no mind to the helicopter parents.
He doesn’t look like he’s enjoying it all
Julia reposted the video to include “behind the scenes” footage. In the caption, she explained that some people didn’t understand. She says that she and Sonny practiced beforehand, and there was “zero risk” with this type of fluffy snow. Here’s the final video:
I do not have a child, so who am I to speak on the safety of babies? But I did grow up in Canada and have jumped into many a snow bank. And honestly? The deeper the more fun, and I didn’t mean for that to jump into “ew” territory.