This article is from 2012, but it’s very relevant considering recent events.
At times it’s really hard trying to raise a child to be responsible/independent while fostering and embracing their curiosity and keeping them from hurting themselves. Their impulses control them and they really have no sense of self preservation.
They think nothing of running into the street after a ball or taking off of something catches their interest. They’re learning but don’t completely understand consequences. You can tell them not to do something (as I’ve read this mom did) but it doesn’t mean they’re going to listen.
Parenting is often described as trial by fire and I cannot think of a more appropriate description. It’s terrifying when your child gets away from you, but inevitable unless you tether them to you, which teaches them nothing about what is appropriate behavior. (No, I’m not saying children will end up in zoo exhibits.)
I’m hoping that the condemnation of this mom lessens soon. No doubt this will fade and the interwebz will be dominated by something else that brings outrage and pitchforks out in no time.