However, the one thing that I never though I'd have to advise a new mother against is not to leave your baby outside all alone. I'm sure that this is never brought up in any parenting classes or books because who would actually leave their baby outside alone? Well, due to recent personal experience with this acquaintance I will have to recommend this be added to future parenting classes. It is so frustrating for me because as I come across this situation, i still don't feel that it is my place to say anything, but then at the same time I feel obligated to do something to protect this child.
I also read an article recently that touched on a similar situation. A mother left her child strapped to a stroller outside a restaurant while she went in for a bite to eat. She was investigated and her excuse was, she's Swedish. Apparently in Sweden it is common practice to leave your child outside the restaurant while you eat. So with a difference in culture, who is right and who is wrong? I'm guessing there isn't a correct answer to that question, but I will admit that it is hard not to judge. We are all raised differently and although we may think that our way is best, others may not agree.
So what would you do in my situation? Would you say something to the mother next time the child is left outside unattended? Or would you mind your own business and hope for the best? Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!