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More of an 'is it unreasonable' to lock a toddler in a bathroom...

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FlamingoBingo Thu 10-Sep-09 20:08:58

...for half an hour crying so you can read a story to your two older children?

Really want to know what others' reactions to hearing about this would be!

TheArmadillo Thu 10-Sep-09 20:15:31

yes it is - half an hour is too long and bathroom isn't particularly appropriate place imo.

A kid could fall head first down bog or burn themselves on hot tap or a hundred other things.

Bigpants1 Thu 10-Sep-09 20:16:03

You have to ask?!

mrsruffallo Thu 10-Sep-09 20:16:56

Of course it's unreasonable. Can't you put the toddler to bed and read to the older children later?

WhereYouLeftIt Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:05


Thunderduck Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:12

The answer is very obviously yes. It's extremely unreasonable.

Narketta Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:18

Why couldn't your toddler be involved in storytime?

hippomother Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:31

That's outrageous.

FlamingoBingo Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:40

Ok, is it just the room that's unreasonable? Or is locking a toddler away to do something with older kids unreasonable too?

girlafraid Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:41

er, no...
assuming it's not you who's done this?

bigchris Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:53

i take it you didnt do it someone else did?

generalunrest Thu 10-Sep-09 20:17:59

Bathroom, under the stairs cupboard, coal shed, is there a difference?? Of course it's not right, it sounds horrible, I'm presuming its not you is it??

MyCatIsABastardFleaBag Thu 10-Sep-09 20:18:00

er.. YES!

Overmydeadbody Thu 10-Sep-09 20:18:07

yes it is unreasonable.

A bathroom is not a safe place for a toddler to be locked intp.

There are other safer and kinder ways of keeping a toddler occupied for half an hour.

CMOTdibbler Thu 10-Sep-09 20:18:07

Very unreasonable indeed

Fruitbatlings Thu 10-Sep-09 20:18:29

rofl grin

Oh the things we wish we could do!

LuluMaman Thu 10-Sep-09 20:18:57

i thikn locking children away for any reason is questionable and i would be worried about a mother so desperate or awful she would do this

Thunderduck Thu 10-Sep-09 20:19:10

Make that unreasonable and cruel.

Who did this?

Songbird Thu 10-Sep-09 20:19:28


MyCatIsABastardFleaBag Thu 10-Sep-09 20:19:35

Locking a crying child away for half an hour is unreasonable. Include the child with the other 2. Dont shut it out. Room is irrelvant.

Lizzylou Thu 10-Sep-09 20:19:56

Goodness, yes, an awful thing to do.

I have locked myself in the bathroom on occasions

Nancy66 Thu 10-Sep-09 20:20:21

Very traumatic for the child and potentially dangerous too if they were old and able enough to fill the bath up.

Overmydeadbody Thu 10-Sep-09 20:20:44

locking a toddler away to do something else is unreasonable unless it is for the toddler's safety (like keeping them in a playpen or something) or because if you didn't physically distance yourself from the toddler you might harm them (I'm thinking about a tantrulmming toddler and a mother about to snap)

generalunrest Thu 10-Sep-09 20:21:18

Lol Lizzy grin

HecatesTwopenceworth Thu 10-Sep-09 20:22:21

locking a toddler in a room for half an hour is, well, I don't want to say "abusive", but it's certainly not great parenting!

5 minutes to a tot is a bloody long time! Half an hour? My god.

And a bathroom? I assume there was no shampoo, conditioner, cleaning stuff etc that could have been drunk? No way for toddler to fall into loo, or lock the door from the inside and run the water?

Simply being locked in a room, not understanding, must have been very frightening. To allow that to continue for 30 minutes, well, I don't quite know what to say.

I really hope you didn't do it, tbh. I hope it's just a daft idea you've got.

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