A mum has sparked a debate after she admitted she allows her toddler to play in their garden at 8:30 am on a weekend – as some claim it’s too early and ‘unacceptable’
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Keeping your children entertained over the weekend is not always an easy task, and sometimes the best thing you can do is to let them run around in the garden and blow off some steam.
But what time of day is appropriate for unleashing your noisy little ones for the neighbours to hear?
That’s the conundrum one mum on Mumsnet faced recently after she asked whether it was acceptable for her to let her toddler run around in the garden at 8:30 am on a weekend – which sparked debate among commenters.
In her post, the mum explained that her partner thought it was “unacceptable” to let their child outside before 10 am as he would likely upset neighbours who are trying to have a much-needed lie in, but the woman believes her toddler wouldn’t make that much noise and would be fine for “20 minutes or so”.
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She wrote in a post titled “to think 8:30 am is an acceptable time for a child to play in the garden”: “[My son] is on one this morning and I said to my partner ‘it’s fine we can get him out in the garden in 20 minutes or so to burn off the excess energy.’
“He looked at me like I had two heads and told me anything before 10 or 10:30 on a weekend was unacceptable and would make us ‘those’ neighbours.
“For context, we have two attached neighbours both with babies or young children themselves and ours is only a toddler so plays relatively quietly (obviously not silently though).
“So, am I being unreasonable? Am I accidentally the neighbour from hell?”
Commenters on the post were split, but many people were in agreement that 8:30 am was too early for a weekend, with some suggesting they keep their children inside until at least 9 am before unleashing them into the world.
One person said: “I would say 9:30 am. Anything before 9 is definitely too early.”
While another added: “If you were my neighbour I’d be sticking pins into a miniature sized doll of you.”
And a third said: “It’s fine if they’re quiet – but in my experience, most toddlers aren’t quiet.
“I’d say 9 am for weekends personally – if they want to run about and be noisy, take them out to the park, don’t let them disturb your neighbours.”
But others disagreed, claiming that when a child has been awake since the crack of dawn, keeping them in too late can seem impossible – especially when 10:30 am is almost like the middle of the day for a toddler.
Someone said: “How on earth do you keep a toddler entertained at home until 10:30? I don’t think 8:30 is too early at all.”
As someone else added: “I would say 9 is okay for a weekend. 10.30 is practically lunchtime when toddlers are up at the crack of dawn. I think before 9 am is unsociable for people to start doing noisy DIY or gardening on a weekend but toddler noise is nowhere near as loud.”
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