A mom accidentally flashed her daughter’s class on Zoom and shared the story to show parents it’s ‘OK not to be perfect’


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I have contemplated sharing this as it is the most embarrassing thing that has EVER happened to me. But, I think we could all use this laugh. Today I became a cautionary tale. Woke up, got everyone logged on to school, hammered out some work and then was going to hop in the shower before I needed to run out of the house. I was winning the day! I should have known it was too good to be true. Hopped in the shower. Jumped out. Threw my hair up in a towel. Leisurely sauntered across the room to grab my clothes. THEN. IT. HAPPENED. I heard a small voice say “hang on one second” and then another one say “I think we need to hang up, we are going to get in trouble”. Ummmm, where in the heck are these voices coming from? I’ll tell you where they were coming from. The perfectly angled computer sitting atop a pillow on my bed. While I was showering, the youngest one set up her Zoom meeting on my bed. Her computer was on my pillow, camera facing the middle of the room, she was on her stomach tucked under the covers. Did I just walk neked into a zoom call? I DID! I am the person that watches the News or scrolls through FB at night and declares that all Zoom videos are staged. There is no way a news anchors mistress walked into the screen. Well, I was wrong. It’s totally possible. But, what do you do then? Send apology notes? Insist it wasn’t you? Immediately withdraw your children? Move to Canada? Own it? This wasn’t in the parenting handbook. Virtual schooling is hard. Balancing everything is hard. Not being able to exist in your own house without knowing where a zoom call might pop up is HARD. May my humiliation make you giggle tonight. I hate pictures, I hate videos, there is little proof of my existence beyond live interactions. But, for some reason I picked up my phone to document my embarrassment. WEAR YOUR CLOTHES! END VIRTUAL SCHOOL!

Posted by Ashley Smith on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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  • When Ashley Foret Smith emerged from the bathroom on May 5, she realized her daughter’s first grade class had seen her naked.
  • Foret Smith was humiliated, and then realized that this was a moment to laugh and support parents during the pandemic.
  • The mother of three posted a video recounting what happened, which has since collected more than 1.7 million views.
  • “I hope that other parents learn…that we are all doing our best to balance so many things right now,” she said.
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On May 5, Ashley Foret Smith experienced every parent’s pandemic fear: accidentally appearing naked in front of her children’s classmates. She decided to share the embarrassing moment with the world to offer some levity during a difficult time.

Like parents across the US, Foret Smith is adjusting to balancing work, homeschooling, and protecting her family during the pandemic.
Like parents across the US, Foret Smith is adjusting to balancing work, homeschooling, and protecting her family during the pandemic.
After the "incident," Foret Smith shared a photo of her daughter participating in her class while concealed by cardboard boxes.
After the “incident,” Foret Smith shared a photo of her daughter participating in her class while concealed by cardboard boxes.


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