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People Are Divided Over 'Unacceptable' Time Mum Lets Children Play Outside

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People Are Divided Over 'Unacceptable' Time Mum Lets Children Play Outside

A mum has faced a backlash after revealing she lets her children play outside in the garden at 8.30am.

Some other parents have deemed playing outside at that time in the morning 'unacceptable' and 'too early'.

Now, it's turned into a fierce debate, with parents trying to pin down the best time to let little ones run riot outside. Is 8.30am too early when you need peace? Or is a mid morning such as 10am better?

What time is too early for little ones to play outside? (Credit: Unsplash)
What time is too early for little ones to play outside? (Credit: Unsplash)
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The confused mum turned to Mumsnet for the answer. She shared on the parenting website: "The tiny terrorist is on one this morning and I said to my partner 'it's fine, we can get him out in garden in 20 mins 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."

She added: "For context, we have 2 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?"

Mumsnet users have been fiercely debating over what time they let their children play outside. (Credit: Unsplash)
Mumsnet users have been fiercely debating over what time they let their children play outside. (Credit: Unsplash)
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On the forum thread, parents debated over whether the 8.30am outside playtime was too early or not.

One mum wrote: "It’s a bit early. My cut off is 9am – 10:30 is the middle of the day for a toddler!" A second said: "I used to wait until 9."

Another added: "I’d say nine for other neighbours who might hear."

"I would say 9am, at the earliest," shared another.

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Mumsnet users seemed to decide that anything before 9am was 'inconsiderate' to others. (Credit: Unsplash)
Mumsnet users seemed to decide that anything before 9am was 'inconsiderate' to others. (Credit: Unsplash)

9am seemed to be the acceptable time, with anything earlier deemed inconsiderate. One parent commented: "I would say 9.30am. Anything before 9 is definitely too early."

Another agreed: "i’d say 9 too. With instructions to be considerate of others and not to make too much noise!"

However, one parent said it didn't matter. They argued: "Nobody with young children is asleep at 8:30!"

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Life, Parenting

Niamh Spence
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