Originally Posted by PoppyMama
If anyone would like to add the age and/or conditions it would be OK to leave a child/children in the care it would be great. TIA
I asked this question in the "other" heated thread, and no one responded. I'll bet no one here will either.
Here's my take....I will not leave my kids sleeping, not sleeping, crying, awake, or happy, alone in the car, running or not running, for even one minute or a couple of minutes, whether I can see the car from where I am or not see the car, no matter what time of the day or night, and not in a "crime free" safe area, or a crime ridden dangerous area, with a dog or no dog, or insert any other justification here
, EVER. I chose between waking them up or getting that loaf of bread quite a bit. And if we REALLY have to have the loaf of bread I either wait until DH comes home, or wake my youngest up and carry him in. Nothing is that important that I would feel justified in leaving them alone in a 1000+ pound motor vehicle. I think about it this way...I grew these kids and went through 2 C-sections (3 if you count my surrogate pregnancy) to have them. I have spent countless hours with my arms numb from holding them, been so tired I was delirious from lack of sleep, and cried so many times from happiness and sorrow, I couldn't begin to count the tears...I love them so much, it hurts. I don't leave my CD's or my purse out in the open in my car, why would I leave my children?
If I come up to a car and there are children alone in it, I give the parent 60 seconds. If they are not back in 60 seconds, I will pull out my cell phone and dial 9-1-1. I will stand there and wait for emergency personnel to come, or for the parent to come out whichever is first. I will not lecture the parent. It's not my place. I do not care why she/he did it. But I do tell them that I have reported their vehicle and plate for leaving their kids unattended. If I saw a child being slapped around, I would do the same damn thing. If I saw a child walking the street alone, I would do the same damn thing. If I knew or suspected a child was being sexually abused or neglected in any way, I would do the same thing. Call me a busy body or bitch or whatever you want. We all make choices. Sure, that's every parent's right. And if you leave your precious kid in the car by themself, I will choose to report you because that's my right.