Exhausted mother shamed for texting with baby on floor rejects 'bad parent' tag

An exhausted mother, who was shamed on social media for texting while her baby lay on an airport floor, has defended her actions a year after a stranger took the picture.

The caption on the viral Facebook post, read "Albert Einstein said, 'I fear the day that technology will take on our humanity... the world will be populated by a generation of idiots’.”

In saying her privacy was violated when the picture, which went viral, was taken at a Colorado airport last year, mother of three Molly Lensing warned others against knee-jerk shaming on social media without context.

The US mother shamed on social media for texting while her baby lay on the floor at an airport said there was more to the story. Picture: Facebook
The US mother shamed on social media for texting while her baby lay on the floor at an airport said there was more to the story. Picture: Facebook

The woman from Illinois, US, explained she had spent 20 hours sitting in airports with a two-month-old baby that day, and with tired arms from holding her infant for hours, she placed her child at her feet fearing she might accidentally drop her.

“We had the unfortunate luck of being stuck in the middle of the Delta computer shut-down,” Ms Lensing told The Sun.

"Anastasia had been held or in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. She needed to stretch. And I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were."

The pediatric nurse said the viral photo made her a target for abuse from people who identified her by name and contacted her to shame her as a “bad parent”.

Molly Lensing said the image still haunted her a year on despite believing she was a great mother of three. Picture: Facebook
Molly Lensing said the image still haunted her a year on despite believing she was a great mother of three. Picture: Facebook

Ms Lensing feared the backlash would affect her job if her boss or a co-worker saw it, but luckily it has not not had a negative affect.

In finally having the opportunity to tell her side of the story, Ms Lensing said the image still haunted her.

“Here's to all the millennial moms who have been shamed for being normal!” she wrote on her Facebook page last week.

The mother of three said she strived to be the best mum she could be, and knew within herself she was raising her girls the best she can.

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