Every parent has a different idea about when a kid is old enough to be left alone, but it seems everyone on the Internet agrees that one mother used very poor judgment when she decided to leave her tot at home by himself…at age five!
A pregnant stay-at-home mom by the name ofTarinshared on Reddit that she has been finding it harder and harder to get things done, especially with an active young boy in the house, so she’s started leaving her five-year-old home alone instead of having to drag him on a bunch of errands. If that doesn’t make people gasp, she also shared that one time she even left him and ran to the mall while his lunch was in the oven, noting, “figured by the time it was ready, I would be home."
Well, it seems Tarin’s fiancé doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with her when it comes to leaving their toddler home alone. He came home early one day to find the tot by himself and was furious, texting her that she was “crazy,” and adding, “How do you not see this is wrong?"
She took to Reddit to get some sympathy, suggesting her fiancé’s messages about the situation left her “degraded and belittled over nothing," but as you can imagine, she didn’t find many people on her side.
- Many questioned whether a five-year-old was really self-sufficient enough to be home alone, while others worried about what would happen in the case of an emergency. One person noted, “Five minutes in my kid would have burned himself on that oven."
- Others suggested this woman isn’t actually ready for a second kid if she sees nothing wrong with leaving her toddler at home. As one person noted, “If she can't manage putting a 5-year-old in the car to grab lunch, she won't be able to take care of a 5-year-old and a newborn as a single mom.”