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09/05/2018 at 12:16 pm #29314
When I was a kid, my mom left me and my sisters in the car all the time if she just had to run into the store to grab something. I have been tempted so many times when I just need to go to an ATM at a gas station, or if I just want to grab a pop from a 7 eleven or something to leave my baby in the car, especially when she’s sleeping, but I am afraid that someone will literally break open my car windows or freak out at me if I am gone for even a minute. After having the AC running for a while , the car won’t get super hot in the couple minutes I’m gone, so I think worrying about the heat is kind of stupid in this situation.
What do you all do? Do you think it’s better to wait to leave kids in the car until they’re a certain age?09/14/2018 at 4:50 pm #29455
I leave my kids in the car for short errands often. My oldest is 7, so if there were an issue he could talk to someone or come into the store to find me. I know I left them in the car sometimes when he was 3. I don’t think I have left any of them in the car alone when they were babies because I thought it would be easier for someone to think they were forgotten. I hear you about the concern over what someone else might do. I have only had someone comment once and someone look askance one other time.09/26/2018 at 6:47 pm #29555
My kids are 5 and 2 and were sound asleep in the car on a 70 degree day while I ran in to grab a rotisserie chicken and a half gallon of milk. The windows were down, the car was locked and some biddy started yelling about how she called the police, 2 cruisers came and then submitted a report for DCF and 2 counts of child endangerment. It is honestly the most mind-bogglingly stupid experience of my life— and I’m a veteran that served in Iraq! I’m not a fighter, but the sheer ridiculousness of situations like this bring out the activist in me!10/04/2018 at 3:18 pm #29624
When my kids were young I felt pressured to never leave them in the car a second alone – how stupid! Imagine having to stop for gas, finding you have to pay inside, waking two drowsy, cranky kids, navigating through a couple of rows of cars and trucks to get the store, waiting in line while holding two drowsy cranky kids to give your credit card, going back, putting kids back in the car, pumping gas, getting kids out of the car, going back into the store with kids to sign your credit card receipt, going back to the car, finally buckling them in again. Now I’d just leave them in there (assuming no extreme conditions or concerns) and deal with any naysayers as it comes up. So ridiculous just so you won’t be seen as a negligent mother!05/26/2019 at 2:43 pm #31816
I admit I “failed” at free range parenting on this one. I wasn’t afraid of heatstroke or kidnappers, but I was afraid of busybodies reporting me to CPS. I made my kid go in with me far longer than I really needed to.
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