NY couple slammed for leaving son in covered stroller with iPad as they went shopping
A family from New York has received a lot of flak online for leaving their child in his stroller with an iPad to keep him entertained while they shopped. The incident reportedly happened in May when Damon Diamond and MaryRose Bustamante -- who post as the Liven family, which has more than 1.2 million followers on TikTok, shared with their followers how they ensured their toddler son did not create any fuss while they went shopping.
In one of their social media videos, they showed how they had turned the child’s stroller into a makeshift tent, and which was reportedly viewed over 5.6 million times. The parents of the boy put a large blanket over the stroller while the child was sitting inside. They had also attached an iPad to the pram and which only played television programs for children. The family also claimed that they gave their son toys and snacks so that they could shop without worrying about him. “He has toys, Disney Plus and even snacks. Now we are ready to shop,” the parents said in the video, which garnered more than 800,000 likes and 6,500 comments from people on the platform.
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But people were reportedly not happy with the idea as a person commented, “Or you could shop with your child, let it participate and not let it watch tv far too young.” Another one said, “As an educator, don’t do this too often… Best to engage and teach the kid things while shopping… this is just a bit lazy.” “I work with children who lock daily living and social skills and I can say that this is part of the problem,” a social media user shared.
But there were some who defended the parents. One person said, “Why are people judging a mom for keeping her kid occupied with a movie while she shops?” Another one stated, “So many people complain about kids running around in stores and crying really loud in public but also complain when the parent is trying to minimise it.” “It's the people that AREN'T parents. They don't understand that we gotta do what we gotta do to keep our kids entertain in a store,” the third one added.
Meanwhile, a mother was slammed for asking her child if she was a girl or a boy. The TikTok video showed the six-year-old in a park when her unnamed mother asked her, “Are you a boy or a girl?” The caption of the clip read, “My six-year-old daughter asks me if I think she ‘looks like a boy.’ I asked her, ‘Do you wanna look like a boy?’ Her response left me speechless.”
On the question that her mother had asked, the little one replied, “I don't know. I don't know who I am.” And when the woman said, “So you don't know who you are?" the girl shakes her head in response. The woman did not stop there and again asked the child, “Who do you think you are?” The girl then said, “I feel like I’m a boy,” before continuing, “But I feel like —” But her mother interrupted her and stated, “You feel like you’re a boy? What makes you think that?” Then the child added: “I’m not sure, but I feel like I’m talking like a boy.”
The purpose of the video was not clear, but it surely left people fuming as one person said, “Just awful parenting. The mom had an opportunity to answer her beautiful daughters questions instead she left her confused and doubting herself. The mom has a mind of a six year old child.” Another one added, “More proof that not everyone is equipped to parent.. utter stupidity to have this kind of conversation with a child this young.”