A mom's rant about her partner leaving their two-year-old son unattended while he went for a shower has got parents pretty split online.
You don't realize how many plates you have to spin as a parent to a young child until it is actually happening. Between making sure they're fed, getting on with your daily errands, and ensuring they aren't up to no good once they reach a certain age, you probably won't have time for much else.
Parents reading this might also confirm that sometimes your own basic needs can fall by the wayside, or at least be delayed. Things such as eating enough and personal hygiene. That's likely why a recent post by a mom on Mumsnet has sparked such a split online debate. The mother is furious after discovering her partner left their two-year-old son downstairs unattended while he nipped upstairs for a shower.
"This morning he takes DS1 (darling son one) downstairs and then I can hear him saying 'So are you gonna stay downstairs and be a good boy while Daddy has a shower?'," she wrote on Mumsnet. The mom adds that she is currently seven months pregnant so her partner has been handling most of the duties when it comes to caring for their two-year-old.
The mom signs off with "I'm not the only one here thinking you don't leave a 2.5 yr old downstairs - on his own - while you go upstairs to have a shower??" The comments under the post have been extremely split. Many parents have claimed that they do the same, but that does wholly depend on the child and the home. If the child is calm and the house is sufficiently childproofed, they see no issue in quickly popping upstairs for a shower.
Other parents have taken the side of the mom, claiming they rarely leave their toddlers alone longer than it takes them to use the bathroom. It's a tricky one, though. Plus, with another baby on the way, we imagine things in their household will only get busier in the coming months. Where do you stand on this one? Are you happy to leave your little one alone for ten minutes while you shower, or would you not even dream of doing so?