Originally Posted by maya44
Originally Posted by maya44
At least where I live, children under the age of 11 can not be left in a car alone or with others under this age.
Running in to a store, even for "5 minutes" will get you in trouble (endangering the life of a minor).
I have no problem calling the police to report a crime.
The law is not a "value judgment" It's the law, pure and simple. If you think it is wrong, seek to have it changed.
Originally Posted by momof4peppers
My question is - do you also call when you see a car swerving all over the road? Or speeding? Or running red lights?
Or do you assume they're just a "bad driver" and forget about it?
Because the liklihood of "something" happening to kids in a car is FAR FAR FAR LESS than the liklihood of kids being killed due to reckless driving, either on the part of the parent driving (reaching to get dropped sippy/book/snack) or on the part of a stranger more concerned with their own value judgements than the responsibilities to the larger community on the road.
True that!!! You know ever since I read this forum a week back or so... I have thought about it everyday... It has really bugged me...No nightmares... Thank God!!! I have been thinking about what I would do in this situation... What would I do if ever in this situation??? At first after thinking hard, B4 I read this site... I actually probably would have called the cops or told someone in the store that worked there... But now I guess I would say I would probably wait there till the mom came out... Where I live in El Centro... Right now it still ranges in the 100's or higher 90's and probably will till next summer then it gets in the 110's-120's... So in this case I would definately try to get the kids to come out or call their mom on the cell... But I would think here that parents would be more cautious b/c it does get so hot...
kiwimutti- you know, I also sometimes feel guilty about leaving them in the car--strapped in--to go pay for my gas...but I still usually do(I rarely leave my house though) But there are other times I have felt an uneasiness and have hauled them both in just to be in there less than two minutes... I always take in the situation b4 I do it...
You know we can worry about our kids...but there is also taking it to the extreme...Although my parents would leave us in the car sometimes... I was the oldest of 6 kids.. They wouldn't let us do stuff with our friends very much b/c they "worried" about us... We resented them for that...so much that when I left the house.... I went crazy.... literally... i was a wild child and did everything my parents wouldn't let me do...for at least 1 1/2 years and then got pregnant... and that alone is what made me settle down... I quit partying and drinking and everything else for my kids... b/c they deserve that, but I hope that they never resent me b/c I worry so much and don't let them do anything...
I know this last paragraph doesn't really go with the whole kids left in the car/but kinda it does... I don't know, it just seems that some of you moms i would definately resent being my mom b/c you worry too much... I love my (step)mom so so so much...She is one of my best friends, but as a kid i resented her...I just think some of you should think about that...
Maybe I overstepped my limits.. and if I did I am sorry...