Have you read this article on TODAY.COM about the mother who wasarrested after she left her daughter in her car while running an errand at J.C.Penny?I’m ANGRY!
Here is my editorial about it!
I’m not sure what is more disturbing….the mother who left her child in the car knowing that it is wrong, or the blogger and author Skenazy who claims that it is OK to leave a child unattended. Her quotes, “I feel as if we’ve criminalized something that we all know in our heart of hearts is generally safe.” and “I also think that a parent is capable of deciding if it makes sense to leave her kids in the car for the duration of an errand” are ludicrous. The STAGGERING number of child abuse cases reported (not to mention those that unfortunately not unreported) indicates HANDS DOWN that not all parents are capable of making wise decisions when it comes to the well-being of their children. Skenazy should be ashamed of herself for fostering anything but the well-being of children in our world. The mother made a mistake, the child is ok (luckily) and hopefully the mother will never do such a thing again. It is a VERY difficult and unfortunate lesson to have learned, but Skenazy’s attitude and comments are detrimental to the advancement of increasing child safety.
I’ve been there before….I’ve wanted to leave the niños in the car a BILLION times because of …..name the scenario. You are too tired to lug the children form the car; I can see them from the window; it is just easier to leave the child in the car; or LITTERALLY it will only take 3 seconds. It doesn’t matter. Our job is to protect our children and nurture them. Is doing X errand so important that you are willing to compromise the well-being of your child? If your answer is YES, I mean if you THINK about and it and decided that the answer is still yes—then you do deserve the hassle of having the authorities called on you.
I have called 911 4 times and counting when I have found children in cars alone. The most disgusting of them all was the woman who was shopping in DSW. I saw her and she ended up behind me in line. I didn’t know she was the owner of the sedan parked in the Fire Lane with hazards on. When I peered into the car, her two daughters were there. She was in the store for more than 20 minutes, taking her time, browsing at all the shoes. Unfortunately she returned to her car before the police could even be dispatched.
I will continue to call 911. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.