Gabrielle Union Mom-Shamed for Kissing Her Baby Daughter on the Lips

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s parenting techniques are always prone to criticism online – particularly following the news last year that their daughter, Zaya, now identifies as female.

But now, Union is under fire once more for a different reason entirely…

The thirty-seven-year-old, who was born in Chicago, spent the majority of his sixteen-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Dwyane has a pretty big family…

He has 2 sons with ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, he is raising his nephew who is the son of his sister, Deanna, and he has 2 other children from 2 other relationships.

And their most recent child arrived through IVF.

And they post on social media regularly with the kids. The snaps are pretty adorable.

For example, last year, a photograph posted to Gabrielle’s Instagram account caused quite the controversy. She captioned the post with: “Grateful… Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family, I’ve never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking…All praise, gratitude, and thankfulness.”

She was pictured wearing false pointy nails and a cropped top, which is literally, not a big deal at all, but people certainly made it into one.

People were making sarcastic comments about the child wearing nails and a cropped top and even began asking where their biological mother was.

So he decided to address it publically himself.

“Shout out D. Wade for setting the example of a Black father loving and accepting their children as they are. Thereā€™d be a lot less trauma in our community if more Black dads were like this,” one fan wrote.

He started off his powerful message saying: “I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was 3 years old and me and my wife started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire [his other son] was on.”

“And, I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son come home and tell you he’s gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act? It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?'”

“I grew up with the same perspective as a lot of these people out here that’s a little ignorant. I grew up with a similar perspective,” Wade said. “And, you meet people along the way that help you take those glasses off and put on some different ones. Look through life through a different lens. That’s what my wife has been able to do. So, it’s been cool.”

“Everybody get used to it, man. This is the new normal. So if anybody different, we looked at as different. You know what I’m saying? The ones that don’t understand it. The ones that don’t get it. The ones that are stuck in a box. You’re different. Not the people that are out here living their lives, man.” He ended it with a powerful line, saying: “You can learn something from your kids.”

But this week, Union’s parenting, in particular, has come under fire – but she (obviously) had the perfect response…

People were not happy about Union kissing her daughter on the lips.

“We all figure out what works for us, our children, and our families. The goal is for us all to have happy healthy families and that journey looks different for every family. Let’s embrace that. Let’s get comfortable with that. Breathe and enjoy. There will be no mommy shaming on this page.”  

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