A mother from Wales is taking some heat over a photo of her rock climbing with her 2-year-old daughter strapped to her back.
The mom posted it on Facebook. Not sure how everyone is seeing it though. (She needs to check her privacy settings.)
“Our Mom of the Year is Menna Pritchard, 26, and she has a perfectly logical explanation. From the London Daily Mail:
“ ‘I can appreciate if you didn’t realize how safe the environment I was in, it could be worrying, but I was top-roping which means if you fall you don’t fall any further than where you came off.’ ”
“ ‘It is the safest form of climbing you can do. I was also in a beach environment surrounded by experienced climbers. Health and safety legislation and the sue and blame culture mean so many people are nervous, so afraid of getting into trouble, and taking small risks. Life is all about risks, whether that’s something as simple as getting in your car every day or climbing up a rock face.’ ”
So what do you guys think: Much ado about nothing? She’s well within her rights to put her baby on her back and climb a rock? Or her explanation makes sense to those who know about rock climbing and it is safe? Or this is crazy and not safe at all?
Would you rock climb with your child? What would be a comparable activity that parents do regularly with their kids?