Originally Posted by ThoughtFullMama
Wow. That's a pretty big reaction. What about being responsible for our own children? If it's my decision, I take the consequences. It's not someone else's job to decide I'm doing something wrong and report me...
And I realize you were talking about your neighbor. But really, what about letting people parent their own children?
Well, first of all - I would never call CPS short of true abuse situations - but my DH has a right to his own opinion, no? Claiming that the vast majority of adults would agree with him was maybe a bit of an exaggeration - but the people in my circle who I've mentioned this situation to, agree with him, so that's where I'm coming from.
Also, I do have a 'big reaction' to my neighbors situation b/c it's not similar to yours in that they have left her home alone for 20 min. one time. They leave her home frequently, and she has expressed multiple times that she is afraid when this happens - and it is often hours and hours until someone comes home. These people are very well off, with a million dollar home and a ton of hired help so I have no clue why they don't ask someone to watch her. AND, she does things such as cooking grilled cheese on their 8 burner stove in their gourmet kitchen while she is home alone - fine for a kid her age, under supervision, though. Just so you know, there's a lot more to the story - but I do have every right to be judgmental in this situation, b/c it ends up impacting me and my family (who often watches the child).
You can do whatever you see fit when raising your kids, yes, but do be prepared to have people disagree when you make decisions such as what you did. Clearly, not everyone is comfortable leaving a young child at home with an even younger sibling - for any amount of time.
I just personally see the risks outweighing any potential benefits and would have taken the extra 2 minutes to toss the kids in the car.