Originally Posted by KailuaMamatoMaya
My God....I would NEVER leave my four year old unattended in a restaurant, never. I'd rather pee myself.
Sums up my thoughts.
Originally Posted by EnviroBecca
Most of you are not answering my question WHY NOT? What is it that you think would happen to a child left by himself for 3 minutes in a room with other restaurant patrons and staff?
I did think the situation at Panera was highly questionable. That time I tried to get him to come with me, we argued until I was about to wet my pants, and I gave up because he was making sense (((SNIP)))
The first part.... for my child in particular I can think of about a hundred scenarios that could happen.... he could run out the door and get lost, get hit by a car, get taken by any random person (none of these are unlikely, unfortunately, since ds has autism and has no sense of danger and will escape without any thought). He could run into a waiter/waitress who is carrying something hot and get it spilled on him. He could run into the kitchen and get hurt. He could go up to a random table and start eating someone elses food (
). He could get ahold of a knife and hurt himself or others. Hell, he could hurt himself with a freaking fork. He could wander around and try to find me and get lost. And then there are those that no parent ever wants to think about (abduction, molestation, etc). For me it's not worth the risk.
As for the second, bolded part....
Who is the parent? No need to argue with a child over something you feel is necessary (and even you said you thought the Panera situation was "highly questionable"). If he's mature enough to stay at a table alone, he's mature enough to know not to argue with mom when she says no. I see neither of those in a 4 year old.