Devoted teenager takes toddler brother to school amid 'family emergency'

A photo of a teenager with a toddler fast asleep on her lap at school has warmed hearts around the world.

But no one was happier to see the photograph than 17-year-old Stiles Parish’s mother, Candice Curry.

Stiles did not want to miss a day of school but was not about to shirk her family responsibilities when an emergency struck her family.

Stiles Parish refused to sacrifice family for study, or vice versa. Photo: Candice Curry/Facebook

“I thought she took [James] home until I saw her Snapchat,” Candice wrote on Facebook.

“Instead of missing class she actually took her three-year-old brother back to high school (sic) with her and let him sleep on her while she finished her last class of the day.

“I'm not sure on the legalities here or what kind of rules were broken but I also just don't care.

“My sweet teenager helped her family out and returned to her other responsibility while snuggling her baby brother.”

Candice Curry revealed her pride on her Facebook page. Photo: Candice Curry/Facebook

Candice said she was either "worst mom in the world or totally nailing it”.

“Please don't tell me which one , let me live in ignorant bliss while I stare at this picture,” she wrote.