I will just be a second. I am…
…running into the ATM.
…going into the station to pay for gas.
…dropping mail off at the post office.
…running back into the house to grab a water.
…picking up the dry cleaning.
…stopping to get milk.
One second is all it takes for something horrific to happen.
Although several times a year we hear stories on the news that recount how a car was stolen with a baby inside at the gas station, the message still hasn’t been heard loud and clear that it is never acceptable to leave your child in the car, even for a moment.
In addition to only taking a second for something to go wrong, you should never leave your child alone in the car because:
- It is scary for a child to be left alone.
- A car’s temperature can change quickly. It can become too hot or too cold in minutes.
- You could lock your keys in the car, along with your child.
- According to Safe Kids, 30 children die each year when they are alone in the car. One of those 30 could be yours.
- In some states, it’s illegal. It can be considered a misdemeanor offense and if your child is hurt or worse, it can become a felony.
In a nutshell, when parents leave their children in the car because they don’t want to go through the hassle of taking them in and out, it is lazy parenting at its worst.
- If you think it’s too cold to take your child out of the car while you run an errand, skip it.
- If you need gas, go to a full-service station.
- If you need money, find a drive though ATM.
- If you forgot your water, go without it.
The risk of leaving your child unattended in the car, even for a moment, isn’t worth it. Ever.