Florida Mom Criticized For Carrying Five-Year-Old in Baby Carrier
Monday night Florida mom Erica Kalnins world came to a screeching halt when she discovered that a photo of her and her daughter had gone viral. According to PEOPLE magazine, her sister-in-law sent her a message saying ‘I think there is a picture of you on Facebook. ”
Kalnins soon discovered that as she was shopping in a store called Icing holding her five-year-old in a baby carrier, an employee took a picture of her. The employee who uploaded the photo also put negative comments with it.
The caption read:
“This is the kind of ignorance that gets passed down to kids and [people] enable their children to be independent. This girl is at least 5 but [you] don’t see in this picture is the 1 ½ yr old in the stroller.”
And although the employee’s intention was negative, Kalnins ended up getting positive support within hours of the original post from moms across the world.
She opened up to PEOPLE about her experience and said:
“I got really upset,” says Kalnins, who asked the poster to remove it. She says she never got a response or apology and the woman’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted.
“It’s not acceptable to be photographed while I am shopping at a business with my 5-year-old – and bash that person and post it on the Internet,” says Kalnins, adding that her 1-year-old daughter was also with her at the time in a stroller.
“My daughter does not have special needs, but what if she did have special needs?” she adds.
“I’ve worn both of my children, and I’m not going to criticize someone not using a baby carrier,” she says. “As moms, we have the same goal – to raise them with love and compassion – and we should not judge parenting style.”