Harmless Fun Or Poor Parenting? Thoughts???
My neighbors have a one year old, a three year old, and a nine year old. I always see the nine year old in charge of all of the children outside. She pulls the little ones in a wagon around the block, and I never see an adult anywhere in sight. They're outside by themselves a lot too.
I realize I'm a bit of a protective parent. I always sit outside with my little ones, and I like to take walks WITH them. I know all parents aren't like me, but seeing these kids alone just kind of bugs me.
I just keep picturing the one year old standing up in the wagon and falling out on the sidewalk or wondering into the road. I know it's a small town, but someone could easy drive by, scoop up this baby, and no one would be the wiser. What are your thoughts? Am I being silly, or should these kids have a parent around.