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Mum Labelled 'Bad Parent' After Sharing $8 Kmart Hack

When 21-year-old single mum Tayla Hutchinson posted her helpful $8 Kmart hack in The Kmart Mums Australia Facebook Group, she didn't expect to be attacked by a small group of fellow parents.

Yet that's what happened when she shared a photo of her two-year-old son, Weston, watching YouTube on his mum's phone from a Smartphone Flexi Tripod attached to the top of his pram.

"This is $8 from Kmart and I made our own phone holder for my son's pram (also works on the trolley). If you’re like me and have a child on the spectrum or one that just doesn’t settle when shopping and YouTube/your phone is the only thing that helps then this can be so handy," she wrote.

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"The legs on the tripod is completely flexible, so you can adjust it to your pram. We walked around for about 30 minutes and not once did my phone fall off nor the tripod. So helpful, I can shop without rushing and without being worried that he will have a meltdown. Thanks again Kmart."

Image: Facebook

Since the Gold Coast mum of two shared her hack, the post has had 1700 reactions and has garnered close to 350 comments. The majority of parents commenting thought the hack was 'brilliant' and said they would use it themselves with their kids.

"This will work on my son's new wheelchair. Thank you for the great idea," a mum wrote.

"We all do what we have to do to cope! I’m stealing this idea! Thanks," added another.

The $8 Kmart Tripod Tayla shared in the group. Image: Facebook

Yet a small but vocal group of members accused the mum of 'bad parenting', suggesting her hack is contributing to a mobile dependent generation and that she's exposing her son who has autism to too much screen time.

These awful comments have since been deleted by the group's moderators, who Tayla told 10 daily have been 'amazingly' supportive of her, as many parents are.

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"It was just a small amount of other parents (some not even parents outside the group) that judged me for what I do," she told 10 daily.

Tayla went on to explain her son Western has less screen time per day than what some of the parents in the group have accused her of.

"Western has UP to 2 hours of technology a day (actually quite less then that) and if we go shopping so we can quickly get it done and peacefully," she said.

Tayla and her son. Image: Facebook

"We always go adventuring, exploring creek beds, grass fields and climbing trees. He isn’t a child that’s stuck on technology all day."

"In saying that the small amount of technology he does have has helped him tremendously. He can now count using the numbers on his blocks from the extra help from the YouTube channel he watches."

Tayla later amended her post in the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook Group to say, "I understand that people don’t like their kids having technology that’s fine, I’m not forcing it down your throat, this is just what works for us and I wanted to share for others in the same boat ." 

In Australia, the current recommendation is for no more than two hours of screen time per day for children, with screen time not recommended for children under two years.

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