I leave the door open and let my toddler run around in a fenced yard

DO YOU REMEMBER when you were younger and playing outside wasn’t a problem?

Things seem to be different now.

A parent has been accused of


A parent has been accused of “neglecting” their child for letting them play in their fenced yardPhoto credit: Getty

So much so that one parent claims he was threatened by his neighbor for letting his child play in the yard.

The anonymous parent shared his experiences further Reddit asks for advice on how to handle the situation.

They wrote: “We have a conservatory and a fenced yard.

“In warm weather I hang out in the sunroom and leave the door open for my toddler (2F) to hang out in our fenced yard.

“Our neighbor noticed and called over to me, then ran to our door claiming they thought the toddler was unattended.

“I explained the door to the conservatory is open and I’m watching them etc.

“It happened again today, except this time the neighbor mentioned that she should call someone to report my neglect.

Our neighbor noticed and called over to me then ran to our door claiming they thought the toddler was unsupervised

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“ON. Does she have a leg to stand on? Do I not see that as a problem if she’s maybe too young for it?

“I feel like it’s the same as sitting on the park bench while your child is at the playground, only safer because it’s our own fenced home.

“B. How do I get my neighbor to fuck off?”

The post quickly got over 200 people to interact with the parents and share their advice.

One wrote: “Tell her you may need to call someone to report her harassment.”

Another said: “Whatever it’s worth, I let my kids play alone in our fenced, locked and child-proof yard while I watch from the patio or a window.


“They are 3 and 5 years old but I basically let them as they were able to get out.

“I think it’s very helpful for developing independence and autonomy when Mom isn’t always two steps behind.”

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A third wrote: “100x. As long as the area is safe, let them be kids. It’s great for developing independent play and doesn’t need to be entertained every second of the day.”

While someone else casually added: “Why (SIC) does she spend all her time watching ops kid!? Insane.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/parenting/17927294/toddler-run-around-neighbour-report-me/ I leave the door open and let my toddler run around in a fenced yard

Dais Johnston

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