mom is wracked by guiltÂ for letting her son wait in the car…at an age he could easily have opened the door himself if he was hot. As she writes in Yahoo Parenting:
I left my kid, 7, and my dog locked alone in our Jeep for about 10 minutes a few weeks ago â€” and I still feel guilty about it.
The drive-through at my bank was out-of-service.Â I turned around to the backseat to face my son, Jack, and said, â€œDude, stay put. Youâ€™re in charge of Lucy.â€ I cracked my passenger side front window a little under an inch for fresh air, and locked them both in. They were always in my eyes view through the big double-glass doors.
While stopped at a red light on the way home,Â Â I looked in the rearview mirror and saw my beautiful boy and loyal pup sharing licks of a green lollipop from the bank â€” and it hit me. What if somebody stole my car? What if somebody hurt my child? These are the most important, precious people (I consider Lucy a human) in my life. Iâ€™m never doing this again â€” even if I can see them while they wait alone.
Why not??? Why NOT do something that is statistically, historically and obviously safe? The writer goes on to say thatÂ many if notÂ most moms admit they have done something like this, as if they all secretly burglarized jewelry stores, but just don’t like to talk about it.
Being sane about the world should not be considered an evil parenting attribute!