Is it wrong to let my toddler play in the garden on her own? My neighbour says it is neglect
Am I wrong or is my neighbour?
One mum is feeling quite stressed after her neighbour threatened to report her for neglect.
But does the mum have anything to worry about?
She explained that her neigbour is concerned about her toddler because she lets her play in the garden alone.
She told Reddit, "During warm weather, I will hang in the sunroom and leave the door open for my toddler (2F) to hang in our fenced yard.
“Our neighbour noticed and shouted over to me, then ran to our door, claiming they thought the toddler was unattended to.
The mum explained that she was watching her and that the door was open too.
But the neighbour was less than impressed.
“This happened again today, except this time the neighbour mentioned she should call someone to report my neglect.
The mum asked: "Does she have a leg to stand on? Am I seeing this as a non-issue when she’s maybe too young for that?"
“I feel like it’s the same as sitting on the park bench while your kid is on the playground, except safer because it’s our own fenced home."
Many mums agreed that the neighbour needs to mind her own business.
Others also pointed out that it was extremely rude of the neighbour to comment on her parenting.
One said, "The neighbour needs to mind her own business and stop telling you how to raise your child."
"100 times this. As long as the area is safe, let them be kids. It's great for developing independent play and not needing to be entertained every second of the day.”