First off here is a link to this woman’s horrible story. It happened around Christmas time.
I first heard about this on the blog Lifenut, I am glad I am not alone on this issue because I have done this. I have left my children in my locked car and walked several paces away from the car. I have done it at Target or the grocery store when I have to return a cart. I have also done it when I’ve pulled away from my house and had to turn around to get the library books I’ve forgotten. I always lock the car, turn the alarm on and return quickly, never taking my eyes off the car. Sometimes if I only have one child, I will take him/her with me to the cart return, but it’s easier to leave them in the car that is turned off and with them buckled into their seats with the doors locked and alarm on than it is to hold one’s hand and have the other on my hip and navigate through a busy parking lot just to return a cart. I will say if the cart return is too far away then I will dump the cart somewhere close. Stores don’t always make it easy for moms, they would rather have the parking spots than help us out. I may be wrong, but it doesn’t make me a bad mom.
While I am on the soapbox, I have one other complaint about my favorite stores, BORDERS, BARNES & NOBLE and OLD NAVY = why in the world do they think it’s okay to have doors that aren’t power opened, they aren’t even handicap accessible. I don’t know how someone in a wheelchair doesn’t have the same difficulties I have with a double stroller, it’s a pain to navigate these doors. In this day and age you would think this would’ve been fixed. It must be just me.