Would you choose shopping over your kids?

Ok. Let me start off by saying, I am not one to judge parenting skills or the way in which you want to raise your kids. That said, I do have a problem when you make careless choices and put your children in harms way.

Of course, “careless choices” can have a variety of meanings depending on who you are.

So here I go…this mom waited at the makeup counter to get her makeup done while her 6 year old and 3 year old sat in a car at 16 degree temperatures, another mom left her children in the car at below 4 degrees to get groceries at Wal-Mart, now this mom left her five children in the car while she shopped for 2 hours, and this mom left her toddler in the car at a boiling 110 degrees while she shopped.

Oh and just to let you know, it’s not a “mom” thing. This father takes the cake as he left his babies in the car while he went gun shopping! His response to the whole ordeal, “Awww”.

There have been instances where parents accidentally left their kids in the cars because they were off-routine and it’s heartbreaking because honestly that can happen to any one of us. But what I’m trying to point out is the careless and conscious act of leaving your young children in cars, in either freezing or boiling temperatures, as you shop (in these instances). What are your thoughts on this matter?

2 Responses

  1. Liberal&RealMom Says:

    I have to say that while we all want to have and make better choices- sometimes it just falls through. I have pondered and done the “ok my toddler is asleep,do I run in the gas station to get just something quick or wake him up, deal with the crying, whinning of why did you wake me” annoyance. I think the question is either on principal or length of time- at least in my mind. Should we be offended that a parent would leave a child(ren in a car period? Or does it matter if its a few minutes, within a few feet away. After actually managing all the stresses of motherhood both as a single-parent and as a married woman,I have to say I no longer take the “I’m holyier than thou” approach to judging people. So many bad things can happen when you leave a kid unattended that I just don’t feel comfortable doing that anymore AT ALL regardless of the time or circumstances. However, I think we need to give parents the time and space to learn this- and hopefully learn what a mistake it is on their own. Being caught one-time either by a concerned citizen, a cop,or a DCF worker just walking by your vehicle will send the message stronger than anything else can-if you are a caring parent.

  2. Susan Says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Liberal&RealMom! You’re right. After years of parenting, I get quite offended when family or friends who make parenting comments when either they have never parented or they’re just passing judgement based on their ways. Like you said, I think we’ve all had the thought, it’s going to be a quick 2 minutes or so to run in and out of the stores. I’m hoping that theses extreme situations won’t happen if we are all aware of the dangers that can happen.

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