posted on Mar, 19 2014 @ 07:14 AM
I tend to think you may have done the right thing. It would have been terrible if you had not acted and saw horrible news about it in the paper a few
days later. On the other hand, getting angry and blowing up at the neighbor over differing parenting styles after the cops concluded all was well, was
probably not a good idea.
We all raise our children differently. Some folks use punishment techniques that other folks wouldn't dream of using. That doesn't mean that those
techniques are abusive, it just means we choose not to use them ourselves because they don't work, we don't like them, or we want to try a different
My daughter was very headstrong at that age and I could very well see her screaming for that long over a tantrum had she been allowed to do so. As an
infant she could scream that long easily where most babies would go for a few minutes then fall asleep. Colic left her screaming for hours on end...
for months on end.
Some parents don't spank their children and send them to their rooms to deal with their anger, scream, yell, etc. In this instance it seems like the
child was left in the shed instead. Not knowing if the shed was dangerous, or how far it was from the house we can't really judge accurately (here)
if the parents were totally out of line. Obviously the police didn't feel like they were after they arrived.
I understand you were angry about what they were doing. Some people have a really hard time hearing a child cry/scream regardless of the reason. But
if there was no abuse going on you really can't justify getting that angry over someone else's parenting techniques.
I do hope you will not ignore further situations where a child might be in danger just because of this incident though. You could very well have saved
a life by doing what you did. We never know and it is usually better to be safe than sorry. If it were my child and you genuinely thought they might
be in danger, I would have thanked you had you not gotten so angry.