JENNA Bush Hager almost cried on Today as she recalled the time she was mom-shamed for traveling to Vietnam without her baby boy, Hal.
The TV personality spoke to her co-host Hoda Kotb to discuss parenting amid the coronavirus pandemic as parents have been criticizing each other’s choices.
Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb spoke about being mom-shamed during an episode of Today[/caption]
Jenna recalled one time in particular where she received hate after traveling to Vietnam without her infant son[/caption]
The discussion led Jenna to recall a time she will “never forget” that really shook her up while on her way home from a trip to Vietnam with Michelle Obama.
She said: “Hal was maybe 5 months old, 4 months old. (We went) to tell these stories of girls that couldn’t go to school, and I thought it was important to do that.
‘How dare you leave your children,’ Jenna recalled one comment she received[/caption]
‘I felt this stab in my stomach,’ the former president’s daughter said [/caption]
“And I was on the plane coming home and I felt so inspired and I just ached with the thought of missing my children and several people, but one person in particular, wrote some really mean things on Instagram.
“Like ‘How dare you leave your children, your new baby?’ And ‘Why would you ever do that? You’d think he matters too.’”
The 38-year-old continued: “And I felt this stab in my stomach. I was about to write her back, and I just thought ‘I don’t want to add shame to shame.’
“You know what I mean? I don’t want a bunch of people piling on. But I will tell you, it hurt, because of course I miss that little boy with everything I have, everything I am, but I also thought, I made the decision, which was a hard one: ‘Is it more important to tell these girls’ stories who may not have a voice?”
The pair also share daughters Margaret and Poppy[/caption]
Hoda also recalled a mom-shaming moment when she revealed that she once received a letter in the mail that asked her “‘Who do you think you are, having kids at that age?’”
Jenna shares daughters Margaret, seven, and Poppy, five, and son Hal, one, with husband Henry Hager.
Jenna recently almost broke down again when remember her late father-in-law who passed in August[/caption]
This isn’t the first time that the former president’s daughter has almost broken down in tears on the popular NBC news show.
Last month she got teary-eyed while talking about the death of her father-in-law.
She said: “We lost my beloved father-in-law, I feel so lucky that he was mine. He was diagnosed with polio 45 years ago, but he never let it stop him.”
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The Sisters First author continued: “He lived almost half of his life in a wheelchair…he did 13 marathons in a wheelchair.
“He always played with the kids. He was on their level, he was down, and his name as a grandpa was Bumpy, and he was beloved.”
Jenna also lost another family member when her grandpa, former president George H.W. Bush, passed away in November 2018.
She paid tribute to him on what would have been his 96th birthday earlier this summer.