Amber - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )
Recently, I've been told two stories that left my mouth hanging open. I then heard that nobody did anything, and my mouth hit the ground.
First~ A mom told her babysitter, "Don't feed the baby more than 4 oz at a time; I don't want her to get fat." This is a 4 month old baby. She wants her to eat 4 oz per feeding, when she is supposed to be eating 8 oz. per feeding.
The baby sitter just ignores her, but the mom follows through at home. The baby is constantly crying and the mom gets ticked because she won't be quiet.
None of her family, or the babysitter, feel that it's "their business" to call social services....Sorry for them, but I did.
Second~ A 2 yr old was given a sparkler on Indepence Day, and not supervised. He burned his leg. The dad said it was "No big deal" and gave the sparkler back. He burned himself again. He was screaming in pain by this point and the dad refused to take him to the hospital or even give him basic first aid.
Once again, the family and friends did not feel that it was "their business" to take the child to a doctor, call an ambulance, or report them. They just got the little boy an ice pack....(They wouldn't tell me his name, so I couldn't report him.)
Things like this REALLY get under my skin. So, do you feel that you should mind your own business because it is not your child? Or do you feel that you should speak up and do something about it regardless of the backlash?