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#1 of 11 Old 05-05-2014, 07:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Our son turns 4 this summer. My husband was mowing the lawn (gas powered push mower) this evening when I needed to go and leave our son with him. He had our son walk next to him as he was mowing, on the side where the grass was NOT being blown out. 

How does CPS, or other government agencies, view this? We have snoopy neighbors that report almost anything and its scary but we also have a life to live. It didn't seem worth it to take our son up to my sister's (about a mile away) so that he doesn't need  to be with his daddy for the 30ish min. needed for my husband to finish. Is this better, or worse, than a child riding along on a riding mower? I work almost every evening, and evening is often when it suits my husband to mow.

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Not safe and I wouldn't do it.  This thread was still on the first page of this forum and discusses this:  http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1399109/lawn-mowing-with-little-ones-in-the-yard


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My yard takes about 45min. to mow. I would put my dd2 in a pack n pay or exersaucer when she was little
By 4 I could leave her in front of the tv

I would be very concerned about rocks and stuff being kicked up from the mower with anyone near me, either side

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We don't have a TV; a video from Youtube may or may not work, and I'm not sure if my husband would notice if it isn't while he's mowing. It would scare me even worse to have Billy try to go out to Mike while he's mowing and Mike not being aware; this way, Mike did know Billy's out there and exactly where. I hope it doesn't happen too often. When I'm home, I keep Billy occupied indoors while Mike is mowing, of course.

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Honestly the safest thing for you would be to have your husband only now the lawn when someone elseia there to watch your son. It's not worth the risk to your son & I cannot imagine your husband could devote full attention to him while also concentrating on mowing the lawn & if god forbid something actually happened to your son he would never forgive himself. Not worth the risk.
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Thanks for the advice! Maybe the grass will just have to get tall those weeks when I can't be home when it suits Mike to mow...Soon, also, the weather will get hot and it won't grow as fast.

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You could also look into other mowing options, such as an old-fashioned push mower (yes, you can still buy them).

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Thanks for the advice! Maybe the grass will just have to get tall those weeks when I can't be home when it suits Mike to mow...Soon, also, the weather will get hot and it won't grow as fast.
Your grass grows slower in the summer? I'm in NC, and ours grows much faster in the summer.
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Thanks for the advice! Maybe the grass will just have to get tall those weeks when I can't be home when it suits Mike to mow...Soon, also, the weather will get hot and it won't grow as fast.

It's only 30 minutes once a week (per your post) - while it might not be his preference maybe mowing in the morning or afternoon when you are available would be a better option.
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Well, it takes my husband quite a long while to mow the lawn, 30ish minutes was all that was left to do that evening.

 

We live in central PA. Our grass grows fast and thick early in the season, then in the middle of summer it's often dry and hot and doesn't grow much.

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You could also look into other mowing options, such as an old-fashioned push mower (yes, you can still buy them).

Yup, we have one of those I use sometimes to mow while the kids are out playing.  And my 9yo can safely mow with it too!


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