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Monday, June 4, 2012

I Have An Almost 2 Year Old & Still Don't Know What Is Right...

Remember those times when you could do a quick run in and run out of the grocery store?
Or pop into the mall for those shoes that you should of bought earlier
 that week but for some reason talked yourself out of?
Or stop off to Home Goods to browse because you had a spare minute before having to be somewhere?

Oh the life without children.
These quick run in and outs of stores are no longer.
You can't just leave your kid in the car while you run into grab some milk
 or something that would literally take you five minutes.
You gotta get the toddler out of the car seat and into the shopping cart or stroller,
 make sure you have all the "just in case " paraphernalia which includes the diaper bag, toys, snacks, etc.

 It's exhausting at times.
 Now Mama's tell me,
what if the pay at the pump gas machine is down?
Do you get the kids out of the car to all go inside, pay, and load them back up again?
Or do you leave them in the car for the couple of minutes it will take you to pay?
 Mind you, you have an eye on the car the whole entire time.
Like a hawk.
 Or say you on your way home from work and just picked up the kids
from day care and want to run into the local Chinese food place to grab dinner
 for your whole family because you are exhausted after a long day at work
 and the last thing you want to do is cook.
 Do you get the kids out of the car for a quick trip in to grab it?
 With the window cracked and a burglarious attacking mama within feet of the card...
What do you do?
What is legal in this instance?
As a mama of an almost two year old I still don't know the correct answer to this.
I try and do most of my errands when my little sweet face isn't with me
 (it's amazing what I can get done on my hour lunch break)
but somethings you gotta do things like pay for gas, or grab dinner within spitting distance.
What do you do?
How do you justify when you leave your kids in the car?

 I heard that it's a felony to leave your kids in the car with it running,
which makes sense for children who can wiggle out of their seats by themselves
but for my sweet face it makes more sense to leave them in their seats with the car running with air and it locked then it does to leave the car off??
 Please tell me your tricks or what works for you...


Brandi said...

OMG, I have 3 kids: 8, 5 and 3 and I think about this all the time!! I mean seriously, it is a hassle getting all 3 out!! But I do because I'm scared of going to jail!! My cousin left her sleeping 1 year old in the car and ran into a store for a few minutes. Cops were called on her. By the time cops arrived, she's already left but the person took her license plate number and CPS showed up at her house... INSANE!!!!!!!! Basically, we poor moms!!!! WE need a drive thru to pick up milk, eggs, etc....would be awesome!

Unknown said...

Not an easy question! I can say to Brandi (who commented above me), her kids are the exact age difference between me and my sisters - and (i'm in the middle) by 5, with an 8 year old in the car, we were totally left there while they paid for gas or got a gallon of milk...Heck I'm pretty sure at 8 I was running into the store to get milk while the rest hung in the car...

Elizabeth said...

Oh if only every store had a drive thru!!

I must admit I have left H in the car if I'm running into 7-11 for a diet coke or lottery ticket, I park right in front of the door so I can see him the entire time! I pull up as close as possible to the grocery store/redbox to return movies.

I always lock the door, have the air on and make sure I can see him at all times

sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!

Ashley Paige said...

I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about this- Leaving C in the car for just ONE MINUTE while I run into the local dairy store for a gallon of milk, etc. I haven't done it because "OMGAH WHAT IF..." I just know someone would call the police.. Times like this when I wish EVERY store had a drive-thru. I have to say- I don't think my Mom left me or my brother in the car until we were old enough to "honk the horn" if someone tries to steal you. LOL

Jessica W said...

Such a great question. I wish I had an answer. I think about this all the time! Mine are 4 and 11 months. Even with the preschooler or my 6 yo niece I feel weird about leaving them. This is why I jumped up and down and screamed when I saw a drive through Panera going in near us. Chick fil A is a fine drive through option but this opens up healthy drive through food for us mamas! I hope they will expand this. Grocery store items are still a challenge. I hate lugging everyone and everything in just for milk. I usually ask my husband to stop on the way home. Great discussion!

Lindsey said...

I have thought about this too. Luckily, if I ever do leave Connor, I have a car starter on my car. I can get out, lock the car, and turn it on while it is locked. While the remote starter is on, if anyone tried to go anywhere without the key in the ignition, as soon as they press the brake, the car turns off. It is a safety feature.

Julie Rogers said...

I would love to leave them in a car for a quick errand---but just can't bring myself to do it! Thank goodness, we can walk to a couple stores to grab quick things and sometimes I put off errands until we HAVE to get them done with two little boys! It's interesting to hear what others say. Good discussion here!

REBrown said...

I don't have kids, but I feel like I would leave the kids in the car. My sisters and I are 5 years apart and my mom would leave us in the car. It is a weird grey area though.

Nicole Rene said...

Gosh this made me scared to have kids. LOL :) I did enjoy reading the comments other mommas wrote though!! Great tips

Karen said...

I have thought a lot about this, but I just can't do it. I either wait to run errands or I take the kids with me.... Even if only for 5 minutes.