Mum Slammed for Unusual Way of Transporting Toddler through Airport

Sharing parenting fails on social media can garnish a lot of likes and lols but has this mum taken things too far? A mum has been filmed leaving the Cancun airport in Mexico with her toddler in tow. However, the way she’s escorting him out has caused a lot of concern and sparked quite a debate on the interwebs. 

She is seen dragging her son on a leash while the toddler clearly remains adamant that he ain’t walking! 

We all know how hard it can be to get a toddler to walk and this mumma seemingly has had enough. #endofholidayvibes. 

TikToker @cacadoodledoo83 (Erica Shupe Hall) sparked a fierce debate when she uploaded the footage at an airport in Cancun, Mexico titled “Leaving Cancun is tough…I feel ya, buddy” accompanied by some very fitting music. 

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A woman captured the mum dragging her child through the airport by a leash. Source: TikTok

Toddler life summed up in 8 seconds

While she clearly got the joke, many people did not and found her method of toddler transport uncalled for and bordering on abuse. If you have a look at the eight-second video below, you can see the situation unfold.

The mum is wearing a mask so you can’t see if she’s got her full mum rage on or not, but she is dragging him at quite a leisurely pace, and honestly, he doesn’t seem too upset about it. 


Leaving Cancun is tough … I feel ya buddy!

♬ Manic Monday – The Bangles


But that didn’t stop the haters! 

“My OCD would not allow me to drag my child on that dirty floor. I’d rather pick him up, but I guess I’m different,” one commentator wrote.

“Horrible parent. That’s child abuse,” another said.

“There is a difference, in my opinion, [between] using a harness for the safety of your child and dragging the child with it on the ground. I wouldn’t do that to my dog, and I sure as hell wouldn’t do it to my child.”

Many other commenters were a little more empathetic about the situation, most likely the ones who have been on holiday with a toddler before. 

One viewer wrote: “Lmao! Do what you gotta do momma.”

Another added: “I don’t see any issue with this. Although she could’ve probably carried him, he seems okay to be pulled along. If the kid were [distressed], he would have been making a scene.”

While the details surrounding the situation haven’t been revealed, many have also suggested that the toddler is, in fact, a doll. But we’re not too sure about that! 

Now, I’m not saying I’ve ever dragged a toddler through an airport on a leash, but I’m also not saying I would never do it. What about you? 

Dad and his tribe 

This isn’t the first time parents have been judged drastically for their parenting choices. Remember that time a father of five toddlers got harassed for using a mega toddler leash to keep his kids rounded up on a trip to the aquarium? 

dad uses toddler leash

The father was told that he shouldn’t have had so many kids (they are quintuplets by the way) if he couldn’t handle them and that he needs to teach his toddlers not to run off. 

I, however, take my hat off to Dad. Because I sure as heck know if I had five toddlers unleashed at an aquarium, at least one of them would have peed on a fish tank by now. Guaranteed. 

World’s littlest waterskier

In another awkward parenting moment captured on social media, we have a family who adores water skiing, so much so that they taught their six-month-old baby how to do it. And he broke a world record. #YoungestWaterSkiier

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Source: Instagram

Baby Rich’s proud parents shared the footage and photos of their son happily water skiing and it didn’t go over as well as they hoped. 

While some people were more than impressed with the record-breaking ski, most were left horrified at how dangerous and stupid it was, especially as the child’s legs seem to be bent a bit strangely. Rich’s parents set the haters straight by appearing on several media outlets defending their decision and assuring everyone that Rich was safe the whole time. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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