By Anonymous - 20/07/2016 17:20 - United States
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Not really, parents are people, they're not perfect and they can't control or prevent everything a kid does, it doesn't make them bad parents, just human. Also kids are sneaky and it takes a matter of seconds for them to make a mess. One time out camping, my dad left my little sister for all of a minute by herself, and she managed to colour on literally every surface in our trailer, even went in the drawers and closets and coloured in them, with the 1 non-washable marker in her colouring case. Point is, kids are fast and shit happens.
As a parent your job is to provide guidance, understanding, safety and all that is necessary for the well being of your child . You should not make decisions for them that they are capable of making for themselves within reason of course. Just because a child does something stupid doesn't mean that the parents are at fault. Common sense is something that one has or not, it's something that cannot be taught. It is a bit of a stretch to think that when the mother woke up this morning she should have sought out her daughter and reminded her not to water the carpet. Parents are not physic. It would be interesting to know however if the daughter has done silly, unusual things in the past.
I've seen much worse decisions out of nine year olds...at least she wasn't watering plants like a dog...
3 or 9 or even 20 years old, if they are not thought the right way of things in life, how could she know what she was doing unless she's been told. Maybe now and then have a little talk with her about life and stuff so she could learn. Good Luck OP