A proud father and his daughter from Belfast, Ireland, have touched hearts across the internet by sharing the same photo of them together, at the same spot, taken years apart in life. As part of the “How It Started, How It’s Going” trend on Twitter, Ciarán Shannon shared three photos of himself with his daughter, Niamh, at three stages of her schooling. Each picture was taken from the same spot on the street outside their family home. To date, Shannon’s post has been liked almost a million times. (Courtesy of Ciarán Shannon) The first photo was taken in fall of 1999 on Niamh’s first day at St. Therese of Lisieux Primary School in northern Belfast. “I think I was more nervous than her,” Shannon, 60, told BBC. “I was as proud as punch.” The second photo was taken 14 years later. Dad and daughter re-created their original pose on Niamh’s last day at Little Flower Girls’ School in May 2013. (Courtesy of Ciarán Shannon) The third photo was taken on Niamh’s St. Mary’s College graduation day in summer of 2018; Niamh, now 25, qualified as a math and science teacher. The person behind the camera on each occasion was her mother, Brenda. Shannon was out walking the family dog with his wife on Oct. 10 when his phone started buzzing with notifications. (Courtesy of Ciarán Shannon) “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the response, I was totally shocked,” Shannon marveled, speaking to the Belfast Telegraph. “By the time I got home it was around 500 likes, which I thought was great, but it just kept going and going.” The snapshots of the dad-daughter pair, marking a child’s progression through meaningful milestones and a parent’s pride, truly struck a chord with people. “Niamh absolutely loves it,” Shannon shared. “She’s counting down to a million likes.” (Courtesy of Ciarán Shannon) For Shannon, the most important thing is that the world now knows how proud he is of his daughter. “She’s a great girl,” he said, “she’s been through school and training college and now she’s a teacher in her own right … She’s our only child as well, so that makes it all the more special for us.” We would love to hear your stories! You can share them with us at email@example.com
Many people believed that the trending phrase “she’s 12” on Twitter yesterday had to do with our country’s president. It speaks loudly about the state of our politics that I saw “She’s 12” trending and immediately thought that the President had done something disgusting — Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) September 22, 2020 Luckily it had nothing to do with politics. Here’s what really inspired the trend. It all started when a father, Jason Ernst, presented Twitter with an interesting dilemma. His daughter Klaire, who is 12, hates her name and wants to have it legally changed to “Ace.” Ernst told Twitter that he wasn’t a huge fan of the name Ace, and suggested to his daughter that it be a nickname. Klaire was not okay with that compromise. And thus, Ernst turned to Twitter to seek out parenting advice. My daughter’s name is Klaire, she’s 12. She hates her first name and wants it to be “Ace”. She wants it legally changed. Both her mother and I are against that. I hate it. I said it’d be ok as a nickname but she’s not okay with that. What do I do? — Jason Ernst (@Geranthrimin) September 21, 2020 Ernst began getting flooded with replies, everyone trying to weigh in with their own parenting tips. Many advised to wait until the daughter is 18 so that she can legally do it on her own, and in the meantime support her by calling her Ace. Tell her when she's 18 she can change it legally and you'll help her. In the meantime, call her Ace. In 6 years my guess is there will be other more pressing priorities that occupy her stratosphere. Aren't teenagers fun? — Vicki Hendrix (@VicxHendrix) September 23, 2020 Hi there, we don’t know each other & I do not know where Ace is in the journey but if I could offer one piece of advice, listen to Ace. If Claire feels happier as Ace, then you should trust in her choice. You can offer guidance or find a counselor but please don’t suppress Ace — BAM Ariana Michaels (@ArianaDMichaels) September 22, 2020 Those who thought Ernst should call his daughter “Ace,” agreed that it was an act of support. One Twitter user went so far to point out that if Ernst belittles or makes fun of the “nickname,” it could be interpreted as him not liking who she wants to be. "It's your right to decide who you are. Let's call you Ace, and then if you want to make that legal when you turn 18, we'll foot the bill." (Also knock it off with the whiney tweets about how the name is "dumb" because what she'll hear is that you don't like who she wants to be.) — Racheline Maltese (@racheline_m) September 22, 2020 Some people did advise him to flat out tell his daughter no. Their viewpoints being that the role of a father is to “parent” and put your foot down sometimes, especially because the daughter is still so young. Say no. Being a parent is not a popularity contest. She can change it when she’s an adult. — Fix ?the?System ?????❄️ (@IrishLass2157) September 22, 2020 Say no, because you're an adult, and thus should understand it's not about the name. Figure out if it's just an age-appropriate whim, or a larger self-image problem you can help her get past. Either way, the answer is no. — David Steinberg (@realDSteinberg) September 22, 2020 Others were alarmed that the daughter being 12 mattered at all. Most agreed that children have their own reasoning behind their decisions, just like adults, and should be respected, regardless of age. for everyone saying she’s 12: yeah, she is. in a year or two she’ll be in HIGHSCHOOL. you need to start letting her make her own decisions. you should ask her WHY she truly wants to change it, and you should be fully supportive of everything she chooses to do. — ArtbyInis⁷ ??? (@ArtbyInis) September 22, 2020 Some commented speaking from their own experience, either from the parent or child perspective. A grown mother and daughter pair separately replied to the Twitter thread. The daughter, Amy, wanted to change her name but her parents wouldn’t let her and she was ultimately grateful for their decision. I'm Amy's mother. When she wanted her name changed, she wouldn't let up & kept putting pressure on her dad & I. We stood our ground, but she didn't make it easy on us emotionally. Try to stand your ground in a loving way, as you know by Amy's comment she's grateful she listened. — Lana B. (@LanaLadybluept) September 23, 2020 Amy’s mom, Lana, agreed that she thought their decision was right, but did include that Amy had given her and her husband a really hard time for it. Luckily there was no resentment between this pair over the name issue. This brings us to the next point of contention presented in this thread. Many parents said Ernst was risking resentment from his daughter for the rest of her life if he doesn’t respect her wishes now. allow your kid to express herself. restricting her from doing that will most likely end up damaging your relationship with her. she's 12 and she's starting to become more aware of the world around her and she's learning how to express herself within the society we live in today 1 — eschopi (@eschopi_) September 22, 2020 Hey, here's something to consider: she's trusting you by sharing this request, instead of just having her friends call her "Ace" and cutting you out of knowing who she really is. Respect this trust, or later on you'll know even less about her inner life. — Cliff Jerrison (@pervocracy) September 22, 2020 That’s a big burden for a parent. Clearly the name issue can potentially have some deeper-seeded reasoning that parents may not necessarily be privy to or aware of. Ernst later did give us more backstory on his daughter, to help shed light on why he was hesitant to let her change her name in the first place. But this also highlights some of the potential processing his daughter is doing. She’s identifying as pan sexual. She went through lesbian & bi already. — Jason Ernst (@Geranthrimin) September 21, 2020 Ernst’s hesitancy based on his daughter’s rapid decision changing when it comes to her sexual identity, a struggle many face as they enter their teenage years, was not met by much understanding or support by the Twitter community. In fact, it sparked its own thread on the legitimacy of a teenager’s thought process. How is this argument. The human brain does not fully develop until the age of 24. This young person may not have even started her period, so she still has many years of discovery ahead of her. Hormonal changes are powerful determinants of how we feel and think. — Cristina NoSoyTíteredeNadie (@cristinaydarwin) September 23, 2020 Simple. She’s a human, and they should at least respect her new name, even if they don’t get it legally changed. End of story!! — PQ actually cares about you ✨ (@NerdyBirdyChic) September 23, 2020 Ultimately, most people thought this was an easy problem to avoid. The easy solution that most people agree on is to call the daughter by the name she wants to be called and move on. You can dig your heels in, make it a big issue & absolutely cement her in the idea that her given name is wrong. Or you can call her Ace, make her comfortable and happy, and give her space to figure things out. She may stay Ace she may not, but you'll still have a relationship. — Audrey IS ANGRY AND VOTING ? (@HedwigGraymalk) September 23, 2020 This seemingly unimportant tweet became such a controversial topic for parents and children alike, propelling “she’s 12” to become trending on Twitter. It sparked discussions ranging from the legitimacy of a “child’s” reasoning, the autonomy of children and teenagers, and to ultimately what the role of a parent should look like. It’s funny to think that people who only saw the phrase “she’s 12” trending thought it had to do with politics #yikes. Thankfully there was a deep conversation being had instead. It really is sad, and scary , when you wake up too “she’s 12” trending and your actually relieved it is not about or connected to your nation’s leader. — Le_Roost (@le_roost) September 22, 2020 Parenting has never been an easy job, but luckily (for better or for worse) we now have the internet to crowdsource! What would you do if you were in this situation? Tell your child they can’t change their name, go along with the nickname and re-address the issue when they turn 18, or just go ahead and let them legally change their name?
From secret weddings to cheating allegations, we have all been aboard Cardi B’s and Offset’s emotional rollercoaster as they climbed hills and encountered steep drops. However, as they neared their third wedding anniversary, the rappers have decided to unbuckle their seatbelts and end their wild ride. After overwhelming evidence of Offset repeatedly cheating throughout their relationship, Cardi B finally had enough. On Tuesday, Cardi B’s lawyer submitted documents in Atlanta to divorce Offset and request full custody of their two-year old daughter Kulture. However, on Wednesday morning Cardi B made some adjustments as she disagreed with the terms her lawyer asked for. She wants an “amicable” divorce and a healthy co-parenting relationship with her daughter’s father. Relationship Timeline In attempts to keep their personal lives on the down low, Offset and Cardi B secretly got married in September 2017, but Offset publicly proposed in October – a month after they were already married. After months of keeping people in the dark on their marital status, the husband and wife revealed the truth in June 2018. However, the secrets did not end there. For a while, Cardi B held her pregnancy a secret as she wanted people to focus on her music rather than her personal life. When it became impossible to hide her pregnancy, Cardi B shocked fans as she boasted her pregnant body during her performance on SNL in April 2018. Cardi B officially reveals her pregnancy on #SNL https://t.co/EsbqDvIny7 pic.twitter.com/ePl3kEsyHx — Rap-Up (@RapUp) April 8, 2018 Although their relationship had many milestones, there were rocks in the road as videos resurfaced of Offset cheating on Cardi B in December 2017 and January 2018. Despite pressure from fans to leave him, Cardi B stuck by his side. But a year later, Cardi B announced on Instagram that the couple had broken up and she’s looking into getting a divorce. Aww the way Cardi B is talking? pic.twitter.com/CNNsEmB7sp — AbikeArab Money? (@papaya_ex) September 16, 2020 Shortly after their breakup went public, Offset confessed that he missed his wife and ambushed Cardi B onstage during the Rolling Loud music festival with signs asking her to take him back. After a month of Offset’s multiple grand gestures, the couple got back together at the end of January 2019. For over a year, it seemed that their marriage was going strong as the couple expressed their love for each other on social media – especially this summer. But it seems Offset has not learned his lesson as many women have come forward exposing their affairs with the Migos member, leading Cardi B to finally divorce him. Divorce Details According to TMZ, the original court documents stated that the couple have been separated for some time and Cardi B has no intention of getting back together with Offset. Cardi B’s lawyer requested for an “equitable share of marital assets,” which leads us to assume that – unlike many other celebrity marriages – there was no prenup when the rappers got married. Also, the lawyer asked for Cardi B to get full custody of her daughter and for Offset to pay child support and legal expenses. However, Cardi B was surprised by the stance her lawyer was taking, which led her to make some changes on Wednesday morning. In the new documents, she wants Offset to have joint custody of their daughter and to not be forced to give any financial support. She wants this divorce to be smooth and friendly. The exes are set to appear in court on November 4 to determine the official terms of their divorce. Twitter Responses Although this is a serious and saddening situation for the two parties involved, people are taking to Twitter to create memes and jokes about their divorce. Cardi B is known for her sexual and explicit songs, and many are analyzing the lyrics to her song ‘WAP’ to explain why Offset was unfaithful. However, many are slut-shaming Cardi B in the process. Cardi B should’ve really learned to cook & clean for Offset instead of just relying on that WAP… didn’t get her too far after all. — DeAnna Lorraine ?? (@DeAnna4Congress) September 15, 2020 I guess it ain't a WAP, her husband still get real WAP LOLWHAT does that ring mean now. Since you dont cook or clean. — MomaShugg (@MommaShugg1) September 16, 2020 Lol. So my question is: Does Cardi have that WAP if he cheating???? — La'Marcus (@Markkhuz) September 16, 2020 Cardi B doesn’t cook, she doesn’t clean and she can’t keep a man like my ex. @iamcardib. Shame — Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : “I don’t cook, I don’t clean” Offset: pic.twitter.com/fiXuPxXcqf — NJ? (@gIazersdead) September 15, 2020 Even though Cardi B has some haters, Offset has even more. Because of their past, most are commenting on Offset’s serial cheating habits. Offset trynna figure out why Cardi is divorcing him after cheating on her pic.twitter.com/hsBRclRBB6 — ✌️ (@AmirMuhammadAli) September 15, 2020 Cardi B: i want a divorce Offset after cheating on her a billion times: pic.twitter.com/11VOiXMJI5 — Active (@heypeopleexx) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : we’re getting a divorce i don’t deserve this Offset unblocking every insta model cardi made him block : pic.twitter.com/KE8VVDNA7W — ⚔️Jeremy | Replay 〄 (@gardenpanty) September 15, 2020 Amid the news of Cardi B’s divorce, she has been receiving lots of love and support from her fans – including Lizzo. Lizzo sent Cardi flowers. We love a genuine friendship. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/83yTP81VLj — Fan Account | #BLM (@BardiUpdatess) September 16, 2020 Cardi B. is powerful!! In every way! Mind and heart. And she needs a partner that embraces that, is in awe of that, cherishes that, is in reverence of that, and delights in that. — Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) September 15, 2020 I'm not surprised cardi B is divorceing offset. She's sitting with presidential candidates & looking to make change. He's been cheating on her since day one. She just outgrew him. — ?? Quinn ???? (@Quinn510_) September 16, 2020 It’s so sad to watch so many people talking down on Cardi B as if she is the one in the wrong. Like I always say, celebrity women get cheated on bc these men are jealous of them in their stardom & are trying to publicly humiliate them to make themselves feel confident. — ABM (@imani_yvonne2) September 16, 2020 How do you feel about Cardi B’s and Offset’s divorce? Will the divorce be as friendly as Cardi B hopes?