Originally Posted by Heavenly
I don't think that he should have yelled at you but I also don't think leaving a toddler in a car on the street is a good idea. I always ask people, in regards to leaving their child in the car while running into [insert place here], would you leave your purse, your cell phone or a stack of hundred dollar bills sitting on the back seat in plain view? I mean, it's just for a few minutes. You're just running into the house, the store, the laundromat, whatever. Most people would say absolutely NO.
If the purse, cell phone, or stack of bills was in the same place my kid was, and the car was locked, and I was always in sight of the car, then.....Yes. Actually, I leave my purse with my cell phone in it in the car overnight in the driveway fairly regularly, with the doors locked.
My personal criteria for leaving kids in a car is: Buckled in, windows open if necessary due to weather, doors locked, 30 seconds or less away from the car at a time, and
I can always see the car. I can't obsess over the one in a million chance that my car will get hit or carjacked while I'm 20 feet away; I couldn't function in daily life if I did. I rememer when DS was about 4 and DD about 2, I would leave them both strapped in the car in our driveway while I unloaded groceries at home (about 25-30 feet from the driveway to the back door) - the alternative, them both running around the yard (which they never did, they would keep trying to climb into the trunk I was unloading) or running loose in the house were WAY less safe, and trying to gate them or buckle them into highchairs in the house to contain them was less safe too, since they could tip those over potentially whereas they're going NOWHERE in a car seat. And trying to herd both of them making say, 8 trips over a 5-minute period with groceries and them on leashes vs making maybe 3 trips in 2 minutes with just groceries while they were secured in their seats? Makes me shudder just thinking about doing that every week when they were those ages.
Originally Posted by bcblondie
Lol. And then you'll get flamed for having your kid on a leash. We can't win!!
Word. Though I have used leashes, too.