Do you want to be a free-range parent but are afraid that someone will try to turn you in to social services for neglect?
I want my kiddo to learn natural consequences as much as possible. Today she wants to go outside in a T-shirt, pants, and sandals in the snow. I want to let her, but I'm afraid that the neighbors will think my choice was neglectful, not calculated.
Sometimes I want to let her walk the dog around our driveway by herself. Part of the driveway is concealed by trees and I wouldn't be able to see her from my window. We live in a very rural area and very rarely get visitors, but I'm afraid the one time I'd let her walk by herself is the one time someone would come up and think I'm not watching my child.
What about you guys? Do you make parenting decisions based on what others will think and do, and not necessarily on what you think is best for your child?