Setting the Record Straight

As I’ve said before, I sometimes struggle to raise Tripp.  However, he does NOT use slurs.  On the most recent episode of Life’s a Tripp, the Huffington Post is reporting that my son said the word “f-gg-t.”

This is not true.

Let me be clear.  I’m not proud of what he did say.  Sadly, he used a different “f word.”

Lifetime filmed over 12 months (on and off) and they caught a moment on film that would cause any parent to be red in the face.  Tripp is always surrounded by adults – around the campfires with cousins and their friends, at the shop with my dad and his snowmachine buddies.  He’s apparently picked up some language that I’d prefer he not use. On national television or at home.

I do oppose gay marriage, as I’ve written about before (and the HuffPo points out).  I guess the temptation to label my three year old son is just too great for the lefty papers to resist.  However, one of my new Twitter followers made an excellent point.

He tweeted that the left tries to hold my three year old son more accountable than their adult spokespeople.

In the meantime, my #IBuiltThis video is going viral — with its message of real hope and classic American self-reliance.  If you care more about the fate of our nation and culture than the verbal slips of a three-year-old, please watch.

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  • Lydia @happyhealthyconfident

    I think you are a strong chick for taking the time to really stand up for yourself. Just stumbled upon this blog of yours and i am happy I did. You go girl!

  • Ahmed

    No one is attacking your son, Bristol. The issue is that he clearly picked it up from you or other members of your hateful brood. Maybe you can work past the persecution complex and focus on getting him through high school, an accomplishment not shared by you or any of your rotten siblings.

  • Bristol

    First your sons cars eat wasn’t strapped in properly because it was leaning(on the last episode of your show) second you wonder why you can’t even get your son to not run into traffic, maybe he is not listening to you because you are telling him things like your going to get him a new daddy. Who says those things to a little kid it’s hard enough that he doesn’t see his real dad then you go and have him start calling a new guy daddy then just as soon as he’s getting used to that one your gonna take that away from him too . And don’t blame it on being a single mom your not the first person to raise a kid by yourself there are thousands of people that do it everyday with less money and less help than you have and guess what they still manage to raise well behaved and very well mannered kids so maybe you need a reality check and you should go to parenting classes so you can learn that what you’re doing to Tripp will leave him emotionally scared for the rest of his life

  • Demy

    Bristol, I love watching your show and look forward to it every Tuesday. I’m democrat, but I don’t let that affect me while I’m watching your show. Except it really does hurt me when you bring it up there or as you did in this blog. Just leave the politics out of it please. If you want to “set the record straight”, then do that. But there’s no reason to involve the political part in it too. It hurts your left winged viewers and I would love it so much more if you just left it out :)

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  • Charli Chad

    I love you! You’re always helping others and doing greatness for the world instead of harm. It starts with one. and that Twitter follower is right. Stay strong, God bless!

  • shellee

    So, I hope you see this Bristol – it will be one of the comments that really meant as support – instead of stoning you with with judgmental comments that have no wisdom or light, Anyway, i was a single mother of one little boy at the exact you are right now. I am further down the path now, and I can look back and see what turns and potholes that could have saved me a lot of heartache, if I had just. I could send u books and books of why you should and what you shouldn’t do as far as love is concerned – but I will only give you two – first of all Gino: whether things work out with you two, or with anyone … please don’t put Trip in the middle. It broke my heart how he held on to Gino, and begged you not to kick ‘his daddy out.” That only makes your baby not trust you – he trusts that Gino will always keep him safe. And over such an not important subject makes our kid think that if they do something the mother doesn’t like, the mother will throw them away if they do something wrong too. too. I hope you see that…that is really important as a mother. If Gino had done something that warranted throwing him out on the curb, would be one thing, but he didn’t, and Trip knew it enough to stick up for his ‘daddy’ … u should listen to that baby – they only know right and wrong. That u told that baby you would find him a better daddy – when you were the one throwing the daggers at Gino is not a way to teach trust to a kid. He already trusted Gino. There is an old Indian proverb – ‘ don’t sweat the small stuff … and everything is small stuff.’ You have seen the horrors of this world; at least I hope you have…there are people raping babies in this terrible world. Women can make or break men. One is selfish – one selfless. Why waste your good life on a simple comment that ended up scaring your baby and hurting the wonderful guy who has done nothing but try to please you. Children are so incredible Bristol … they don’t know how to be confusing. Everything for them is black and white. Gino represents security for Trip – yet you left that safe place for Trip in the middle of street in the middle of nowhere? If Gino had slapped you, or was cruel – truly cruel, then you would have had every right to do what u did. Gino would never do that. Really, good men don’t require a lot … just to be loved and respected…that’s all we really want. All in all, this is what I have learned about love … love as a mother and love as a woman – I new I had finally grown up when I could love the son and love the man more than I loved myself. That is mature love – when u put someone above yourself. Things still might not work with man – but at least you will be able to look back at your life and know that you did all you could for loves sake. I wish you the best of life and hope that you can selflessly pass it forward.

    • Diane

      I hope you read this Bristol and keep an open mind. I agree with Shellee about your relationship with Gino and your son. I enjoy watching you show and your son is beautiful. I was never a single mom but had a husband who travelled for long periods of time for work. There were many times I was alone with the kids for weeks at a time and it is very difficult to be alone as a parent. On your show, it appears Trip’s biologic father is not involved on a consistent basis with him. It broke my heart to see him hanging onto to Gino when you made him get out of your car in the middle of no where. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for a child to be become attached to an adult who treats him as well as Gino appears to and have that adult ripped from his life. I do know that if my husband and I argued when my children were young it upset them very much. We worked hard not to argue in front of them but children are very sensitive and even recognize tension between a mother and father (or father figure). Please think hard about allowing any man into your life until your son is much older. It has to be very hard for a child to develop attachments to a boyfriend and then loose that person in their life. Trip should come first before your needs. Sorry, but that is what happens when you become a mother. You put your needs behind that of your children. I realize you are young but you are growing up quickly. I wish you and your son all the best gifts of life.

    • james

      stfu… please.

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  • Magic Eyes

    Douchebag.” Or maybe it was willow, I don’t know. It was very clear. So, if this is the language used in front of Tripp, then we can assume the women use foul language in general and a child picks up on it.

  • Marissa

    Just wanted to say that I think you are a WONDERFUL mother and ignore any rude comments. Half these comments probably come from people that don’t know what a challenge it is to raise a child. I have a 9 month old little boy who I have been raising on my own for the past 6 months while my fiancé is in Afghanistan and it is not easy. You’re an inspiration and someone I look up to!