Thought I'd try something new here at MommyBrain. Mainly because I like new, shiny things ... but also because I find myself pondering some of life's big questions ... often through internal dialogue that rather closely resembles "crazy-mumbling-to-myself." Makes me wonder if my lips are moving during those conversations? Am I the only mama talking to myself? Please tell me I am not alone! Anyway, sometimes there are these trivial quandaries that pop into my head and I can't help but wonder ... What do YOU, fellow mamas, fellow bloggers, friends near and far, SAY? What's your opinion? How do you handle this situation or that predicament? Or even, what could I have done differently? If the question/situation inspires you, please leave a comment :)
Do you ever leave your kids in the car? I fear this is a controversial topic, but I am asking this in a very benign way - promise! Perhaps I'll first explain what I am NOT talking about ...
Someone recently told me a story of a gambling addict who left a very young baby in a car for 12 hours while she was inside a casino ... ummm, gambling would be my guess. I don't know the outcome of that particular story, however I've heard horrific stories of little ones left in cars - accidentally or otherwise - and those scenarios did not end well. But for my purposes and peace of mind, I am going to assume that no one reading my blog would knowingly put a child in a life-threatening situation.
What I am talking about ...
Today it was raining - big surprise - and I made a late afternoon trip to the market with both girls. After doing our shopping, I brought my cartload of groceries and both girls through the raindrops and the puddles to my car and unloaded everything. I didn't want the girls to be sitting in the rain while I put bags of groceries in the back, so I put them in their carseats first. In my experience wet groceries are easier to deal with than soggy kids. But then I am standing there with my empty cart and few options:
- Load the girls back in the cart to walk back to the store to then carry CJV while holding NHV's hand all the way back to the car.
- Lock the doors and leave both girls in the car while I run the cart back.
- Stand in the rain, wait for someone to pass by, and offer him my cart.
I went with the second option, but I felt kind of funny about it. I double checked to make sure the doors were locked. I looked back over my shoulder a dozen times and kept the car in sight as best I could. But I just felt like ... should I leave my kids in the car ... even for a minute?
I have one more example for you. A few months ago, I needed to run into the local nail salon to grab a gift certificate for a friend. I had both girls with me, but I didn't want to unload them for such a short errand ... and I really didn't want CJV (a newborn at the time) to be exposed to the fumes. So I parked my car right out front and went inside. The gentleman behind the counter helped me immediately. I told him what I needed and explained that I had small children in the car. I went back to the car to check on the girls, and then returned to sign the credit card slip and grab the certificate. But I still felt unsure about leaving my kids in the car.
So ... what do YOU say?