So I was out putting bags on my apples on my organic apple tree today. Our town's small irrigation canal runs right next to our property and is about 100 feet from said apple tree. Since I was right there, I gave my 6 year old son (who is very careful around the ditch-- we walk on it all the time) permission to throw bits of rocks into it like he loves to do. A couple minutes later, a man comes running frantically up the sidewalk (we live in town) yelling at him to get away from the water. I called to him "it's okay, I"m right here watching him". but he's still just all upset and chewing me out for neglecting and endangering my child and to top it off he hands me his CPS business card and tells me he's going to report me for neglect and child endangerment. he's saying that since I have a fenced yard he needs to "be in the enclosed area". I feel that I have the right to allow my son to be anywhere on my property that I see fit. I ordered him to leave my property or I was going to call the police. he seemed pleased with that. so I called 911 and said I had a social worker harassing me on my property. so they send out an officer to see what's going on. she says that a social worker will have to come out to "follow up" but that it will probably be "no big deal". What freaks me out is that this guy thinks he can take my son away from me for this. I'm an excellent parent. I don't care what he thinks about me. that ditch is like 2.5 feet deep and goes at about 2 mph. kids of many ages including some of my son's friends swim in it all the time (even though they legally aren't supposed to and without their parents' knowledge) I used to be a lifeguard and I've still got some skills. I was looking over at him several times each minute. there is no way he would have fallen in without me knowing about it. I asked him later if he felt unsafe when he was by the ditch. He said "no because I could see you". I know that there are parents out there that would not allow their child to do this, but honestly, overprotective is not me. I let my child take risks because that is what makes life worth living. I teach him how to be safe, but to a certain degree I feel it is wise to let him learn on his own. I think I should have the right to allow my child to do this on my property when I am there to supervise. Thanks for letting me vent! I haven't even told my DH yet because he's had just gone to work when this happened and it would just ruin his day. He is such a worrier. We were thinking about adopting from foster care, but one of the reasons he said he didn't want to is because being involved with the system just might get our own taken from us.