I’m Parenting, Don’t Call The Police!

Should parents worry about people in the community calling the police? We take a look at some recent news stories that show parenting can be under fire.

We parents tend to be a bunch that is stretched to the end of our rope. Most of us spend our time with our kids solving kid squabbles, healing boo-boos, teaching manners, and trying to help our child appreciate life and succeed. Each family has its own values and rules that parents are trying to teach their children. Aside from some different parenting ideas, often known as the Mommy Wars, most of us are reasonable adults who can parent in harmony with other families and within our community.

I recently saw this story where a Mom at a park called the police on a 3-year old who ran into her daughter. This story is truly bothering me, and I have had a hard time stopping thinking about it since I read the story. The article is nicely summed up in just a few lines:

A mother called the police after my son and her daughter collided in a playground accident. That really happened. He’s 3.

The longer version of this story suggests there are two sides of the story. The child was on a scooter and collided with another young girl who’s tooth ended up “wiggly and bleeding a little.” The mother of the kid who was run into according to the article has broken English, so perhaps there are a few other things going on in her life that are not part of the story.

The reality is the police are being called into parenting situations more often. Anyone’s child could have been playing at the park, collide into another child and that parent’s child calls the police… over an accident. A concerned neighbor used to walk across the street and tell you your kids are wreaking havoc. Now are you more likely to receive a visit from the police.What is truly worrying me is this incident could have happened to any of us, and the trend seems to be growing.

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More Parenting Incidents In The News

Did you see the Parents Who Are Under Investigation After 11-Year-Old Plays Alone in Yard for 90 Minutes that hit the news recently? The parents were running late caught in traffic, and the 11-year-old shot some basketball hoops at home while he waited for them. A concerned neighbor called the police.

What about the Parents whose neighbor complained over a naked four-year-old playing outside which sparked an RCMP visit. The kid’s clothes got wet while washing the car and he stripped down naked and was playing. How many times have you run after a four-year-old who stripped themselves naked and is running away laughing?

There were also the parents in Maryland who experienced their children being picked up by the police twice for walking home from the park by themselves. A concerned resident called the police, and the children were held for several hours before the parents were contacted. Should these parents be in trouble for allowing their children to walk home independently?

What About Community?

There was an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child, but it appears from the headlines the village is now calling the police. Are we so afraid of talking to a fellow parent that it is simply easier to call the police every time a child is injured or potentially in harm’s way? How can we teach our children independence if we fear a visit from the police?

Readers, why are the police being called for these incidents? Should parents be fearful of our neighbors calling the police about our own parenting choices?

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25 thoughts on “I’m Parenting, Don’t Call The Police!”

  1. I don’t get why people feel the need to involve themselves in something that isn’t really any of there business. Growing up I used to walk to and from my friends houses that were about a 7 min walk. I swear if tried to do that now someone would probably call the cops. It’s sickening.

  2. I truly don’t understand society in this day and age! I don’t know what happened to the time where people resolved matters by simply talking to each other. Not arguing or calling the police (in this case), but talking to each other like adults.

  3. I get it that things are not the way they were when we were growing up however I think if people where more compassionate the police would not need to be involved. All these situations make me upset and I know that feeling of having the police knock on your door because of a concerned neighbor when really they were just being nosy or a bad neighbor.

  4. I remember when I was eight or nine I was allowed to walk to the park and walk back home. Nowadays the overprotectiveness is so apparent that I see parents dropping off their kids at the part and waiting on them. Perhaps there’s more to this and it depends on the neighborhood. But sometimes we need to allow our kids to be kids and build their confidence and resilience.

  5. There is no perfect guidebook for parenting. Most of us do not even know who to go about raising kids until we had kids of our own. My thoughts on this is that we should just mind each other’s business.

  6. People are so quick to judge who don’t even know what’s going on!! My parents would have been in jail for sure if people were this crazy when I was a kid!!

  7. I’ve been hearing about these instances quite often in my discussions with other parents. It is insane how quick people are to judge other parents. I can see why law enforcement should be called for certain instances but people aren’t always using their best judgement on whether situations warrant it.

  8. It seems weird that people are so quick to call the police about situations that can be resolved through conversation. What do they expect the police to do for minor situations?

  9. I think way too many people have too much time on their hands!! Let kids be kids. They aren’t adults and don’t have the intentions that adults do. Mind your own business!

  10. I really think people have stopped letting kids be kids. Let our kids run around and play. They will get hurt, they don’t have to be watched every second of every minute, and there is no need to call the police over accidents. People are getting ridiculous.

  11. It drives me nuts that people are nuts! I mean really people?! Come on! When I was a kid I was outside all day and my mom was not there watch every second. I went swimming and the mom stayed inside, she was watching, but she would do things while watching us. As long as people are not abusing their children stay OUT of their business!

  12. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I think people need to stay out of other people’s business. If there is blatant neglect or abuse, absolutely step in, but other wise, let parents be parents.

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