Should a POOPY Diaper go Home With the Parents? Mom Refuses to Take Her Son’s Soiled Diaper with Her from her Grandparent’s House.
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Recently, a 39-year-old mother of a 15-month-baby took to the internet with an interesting story involving poopy diapers, grandmas, and outdoor garbage bins. For the sake of her story, we’ll call her Jane.
Jane’s parents offered their childcare services for twenty hours weekly to bond with their grandchild. This service has been a massive help to her and her husband with raising the baby and being able to have a break.
On this particular day, Jane arrived to pick up her child; he was already nicely strapped to his car seat and ready to go. Unfortunately, a plastic bag enclosing a poopy diaper was also by his car seat. She did not realize it was a poopy diaper, so she took it to the car with the baby.
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She strapped the child in the car but went back inside, confused. She didn’t understand why they left the poopy diaper with her child rather than throwing it away. She asked whether they wanted her to throw it in the outdoor trash can.
Jane admitted that she thought the diaper was an oversight from the stress of caring for the baby. She assumed they didn’t mean to leave it there.
So She Asked Grandma About the Diaper
Jane asked her mother about the poopy diaper, to which she said her mother appeared annoyed. Well, grandma confessed that she knew it was a poopy diaper and needed to take it.
Puzzled, the woman questioned why. Finally, her parents explained the trash bins had been emptied earlier that day, and they didn’t want a dirty diaper stinking it up all week.
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Considering this notion ridiculous, Jane refused, elaborating, “I said no, but I’ll throw it away in your bins outside, and that’s what I did.” So she took the diaper outside and threw it in the empty outdoor trash bin.
Afterward, Jane explained her mother was angry and short with her since she did not get her way. Was this an understandable reaction from the parents?
Did Jane overstep and disrespect them by going against their wishes? Should she have just taken the poopy diaper elsewhere? Here’s what the internet had to say.
Many People Believed Jane Was Wrong
“You are absolutely in the wrong,” one said. “Your parents are doing you a gigantic favor by babysitting your child for free. It is the equivalent of working a part-time job. The least you can do is get rid of the dirty diaper. Don’t be surprised if the free babysitting service becomes unavailable.”
Another agreed, “Typically, if you love someone – you respect their requests. It goes both ways. My grandparents helped a lot with raising me – but my parents also did a lot for them in return.”
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“Is it an odd request? Yes. I wouldn’t care for a diaper in my car, never mind an outside bin. But it doesn’t matter if that request is odd and what I care for in my outside can.
I am not the one doing free babysitting. Jane’s parents are doing her a favor, and she thinks just because, in her opinion, it is dumb, she doesn’t need to respect their wishes. She’s wrong.”
Others Agreed with Jane
One argued, “Dirty diaper disposal is a part of babysitting. Do Jane’s parents expect her to dispose of the dirty diapers every day after they’re done babysitting? If they only request she takes them on trash day, that’s a different story.”
Another suggested, “It’s an odd request to not use their outside trash bin for trash but to take it to your house to use your outside bin. It is a bizarre request considering it’s an outside trash can for trash. It’s not like they placed it into an indoor trash can.”
Finally, a third stated, “It’s an outside trash can. It already reeks to high heaven, and one dirty wrapped-up diaper will not do much to the already bad smell the trash can has. So it already sits outside with stinky trash marinating in it week in and week out.”
What do you think? Did this Reddit mom do the right thing, or should Jane have taken the poopy diaper to another trash receptacle? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.
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