A mother has come under fire after revealing that she left her three-year-old daughter in a park when she went to the bathroom.
The mother said her daughter ran away while taking her to the bathroom at a rural “tourist attraction”.
She added that she “had to go to the bathroom” and was only left alone for two minutes.
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She asked other parents what they had done in the parent forum Mamasnet.
And comments came back from shocked users.
The mother’s post read, “I’m not sure if this is an AIBU (Am I being unreasonable) or more WWYD (What would you do), but she was at a rural tourist attraction. When we arrived, both DD (3, almost 4) and I “needed the loo.
“DD then went and refused to wait for me and ran to the play area (toilets were inside the play area but not manned / ticked).
“I told her to wait but she said no and left, told me she was going on the slide when she pulled it away! We’ve been there before so she knows where she is going.
“I had to go to the bathroom, so she played unsupervised in the park for 2 minutes.
YES – I should have got her back and made her stay with me.
NO – she’s fine for 2 minutes, she knows where I am.
“What would others do? She’s very independent and confident, but it’s just the safety aspect.”
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Users were appalled by the situation when they pointed out what could have happened.
One said, “Are you crazy ??? My 6-year-old wouldn’t have been alone in a park while I went to the bathroom! If I was 3, I wouldn’t have a chance in Hell,” he said alone in a public place possible dangers. “
A second wrote: “She is three. It only takes a moment for a child to be jerked, or fall off a high slide, or run away from where you cannot find them. You shouldn’t leave her alone. She has to learn she can’t run away when you tell her to stay with you. Take her to the bathroom with you. “
“I would have gone to get her back before I used the loo.
A fourth said, “She’s 3? I wouldn’t even let her out of the cubicle, let alone run away. And I’m a very relaxed parent.”
A fifth wrote: “It takes seconds for someone to run away with a child, it is likely that it will happen – no, I would risk it – hell no.”
And a sixth added, “Unbelievable things can happen in 3 minutes while you are using the bathroom and a 3 year old who doesn’t listen to his mother has no idea not to go with strangers. Yes, it is very unlikely, but do you want to? this risk? “