Yesterday, I had to run a very quick errand. I just had to run into an office to sign some paperwork. The office is in a strip mall with all open windows facing out and I was able to park directly in front of it. The weather was beautiful so I really didn't want to drag my three carseat kids out of the car. I could see into my vehicle from the office and felt relatively comfortable doing that, since it was only a few minute jog inside. But I'm paranoid about doing that, I know I'd be pretty concerned to see some kids sitting a car by themselves, even if the car was running. I'd probably wait and watch for five/ten minutes and see if the parent came back before seriously considering calling the cops. Of course, there are tons of factors pertaining to this- weather, if the car is running, what kind of parking lot and establishment, age of children etc. But I would hate for someone to freak out and call the cops on me for a few minutes convenience. It got me wondering what other parents thought and do.
(BTW-the office was closed due to air quality (whatever that mean....) and I ended up going through a drive through kiosk they had set up rendering my conundrum moot.)
ETA:I only will consider leaving my kids in the car in a situation where I can see the car at all times, like at the gas station if I have to go inside or like the above where I could see my car through the window. Otherwise, its really not a option. I do leave the car running if its cold or hot enough to warrant temp control.
Edited by 3xMama - 1/31/12 at 8:07am