Did you ever, would you ever, leave your kids in your car to run a “small” errand? This was on one night last week and although I’ve thought about it before, I thought I’d check with all of you and see what you think and what you’ve done or what you will do.
I never left my kids in the car but I’m anal about stuff like this. My brain works in the “what if” mode when it comes to things going wrong. Or just the possibility that something bad could happen kept me from doing this. It was also very different in my day. Cars go could go into gear a lot easier then. Now cars are made safer and most cars, you have to step on the brake to put it into gear. I remember once my niece and nephew were playing in their dad’s truck and put it in gear and drove through the wall at our cabin. You don’t really hear about those kinds of things now.
I also know someone who wanted to go into a store, her son was 4 and sleeping. She could see him from the window in the store but when she went back to get in her car, it was locked and she had no key. She was afraid to call the police so her husband had to come with another key and he was almost an hour away. Luckily the little guy slept through the whole thing but me and my thinking “what if?”
I do also feel a lot of this has to do with “where” you are or “where” you live. I mean if I wanted to run into the Post Office in my small town, it probably wouldn’t be a big deal but in a big city, I’m not sure there would be any possible way I’d leave a child in a car. I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m just saying that I could never do it. I would just worry to much.
This woman who was on the news blogged about this and it’s linked to the news story if you care to read it but her husband read her blog and was “irritated” with her because he’s never done it and didn’t like that she did it. She countered by saying she’s the one that has to do all the errands with the child in tow and while he agreed that was true, he stated that he’d never left the child alone while he was out with him.
What do you think? Do you think it’s okay if you can see your car or if your only “running in and running out?”