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So remind me, is this "good" parenting or highly irresponsible?

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IDrinkFromTheirSkulls Mon 27-Jun-11 10:22:44

It is too hot for ds to sleep in his room. The back garden (which his room overlooks) gets sun all day, whereas the front garden is shaded by the house until early evening.

I have closed the driveway gate (must remember to open it again before dh comes home!) and I have left the living room windows open, and the front door so I can see and hear anything that goes on in the front garden when I need to pop inside for cake and ice cream and ds is sleeping in the pram.

Am I a bad parent? Or is this still ok to do? I have had comments from passing old ladies about how it brings back memories for them!

2littlegreenmonkeys Mon 27-Jun-11 10:25:30

If I had a front garden big enough I would do the same TBH. This is coming from someone who has major anxiety and OCD issues arround the safety of my DD's.

I think if you can see and hear and are only in the house for a very short period of time (literally nipping to get a drink and ice cream etc) then YANBU.

OrangeHat Mon 27-Jun-11 10:25:44

Are you out there with him? If you're just popping in to get bits and bobs from time to time I can't see why not.

lazylula Mon 27-Jun-11 10:27:24

Dd spent all day out in our garden yesterday, she was in the shade and had a fly net over her. Her pram is out there again today and she has just come in for a feed and will go back out when she is ready for a sleep. I would say good parenting, but she is in the back garden, however if you are out there with him, no probs, enjoy the sun!

wimpybar Mon 27-Jun-11 10:28:41

our local sainsburys used to have rows of babies in prams outside grin (in 70s) grin

IDrinkFromTheirSkulls Mon 27-Jun-11 10:29:40

I am out with him although there are jobs I really need to get on with inside I'm not happy leaving him alone so all I've done is tidy the area directly underneath the living room window grin

OrangeHat Mon 27-Jun-11 10:36:56

grin @ tidying under the window.

You'll be daring yourself to rush to the other side and pick something up and rush back again in a minute grin

MissBetsyTrotwood Mon 27-Jun-11 10:43:29

My granny used to wheel the pram over the road (Lewisham, 50s) and leave my mum/aunt/uncle there for hours at a time to 'watch the trees' while she tidied/cooked/drank a cup of tea gin . None of them got nicked. grin

redexpat Mon 27-Jun-11 12:34:22

This is totally normal in Denmark. In fact, if you dont let the baby sleep outside you're a bad parent.

MistressFrankly Mon 27-Jun-11 12:53:27

Sounds totally normal to me but i grew up in norfolk. There keeping your kid in during the summer was akin to stealing another mans tractor or kicking a puppy. Just wish i had a garden here. Am off to sit in the park with dd as my flat appears to be hotter than the sun today.

PerryCombover Mon 27-Jun-11 13:01:39

Mine are outside all the included

superjobeespecs Mon 27-Jun-11 13:13:16

my mum used to let me run naked round my nans front garden back in the 80s no probs and i hardly ever need blusher cos ive got lovely ruddy cheecks grin DD used to be outside at her nans when we lived down south cant really do it here tho sad i miss it

LadyThumb Mon 27-Jun-11 13:37:10

My God - how did us oldies survive in the 50s and 60s??!!

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