(Closed) Unattended children in cars. Is it ever okay?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Is it ever okay to leave a child unattended in a car?
    Nope, never. : (121 votes)
    52 %
    Yes, but only if it will be for a less than a minute and I can see my car/child at all times. : (102 votes)
    44 %
    Sure, lock the doors and crack the windows. The kid’ll be fine. : (9 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    9889 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    IMO, it is never ok, I never did it.  I’ve heard too many horror stories, I never took a chance for even one second when my son was young.  Nope, never. 

    Post # 5
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012


    Post # 6
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would say it’s only okay if you are somewhere where you can see the kid at all times. For example, if you had to run to a friends house to pick something up, just go to the door and get it but the kid can stay with the AC on. Never if the car is completely off and you are going inside somewhere. Too many freak things can happen.

    Post # 7
    13251 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    No, never.

    Post # 8
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Never! I hate seeing or hearing this! Once My SO and I called the cops on this lady at the pet store. There was a 2 year old a infant ( under a year old) and a 5 year old all in the car. It was 92 degrees out! The cops told me to go over to the car and ask the older child to un lock the doors and he did, I had them sitting out side of the car in the shade with me, the lady didnt come out for 45 MINS! The infant was sweating hot.

      I dont think its ever ok. My sister runs into the gas station she brings her kids in with her, yes its a hassel but she would rather do that then have one of them get hurt. God forbid a car slammed into the car with the children in it!

    Post # 9
    590 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

    I don’t think it is ok to leave a 2 year old in the car, but if the child is old enough to get out on their own if they need to (say 6 or 7) I think it’s fine. Also, outdoor temperature plays a huge roll. I would not leave any child in a car on a hot day but if it is mild, and I’ll be quick, and the child knows to never open the door for any stranger, not matter what, I think it would be ok.

    When I was a kid there were lots of times I would stay in the car reading or playing while my mom ran in places. But that was different from leaving a toddler in a car seat.

    Post # 10
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Never! I’m not even as concerned with the heat as I am with strangers. I don’t agree with anyone who wants to put their child in a situation where they could be injured or kidnapped.

    Post # 11
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Never a small child.  Never ever.  But if the kid is like, say 10 years old or something… well yeah, go ahead and pre-pay at the gas station. 

    Post # 12
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    No it’s not ok. Someone could steal your car without realizing a sleeping baby is in the back–it’s happened before

    Post # 13
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    It really depends on their age.  I wouldn’t want to leave a baby in the car but if the kid is older than 5 I don’t see what the problem is if it is seriously just 1-2 minutes, like running into a convenience store or a gas station to pay for something.  Anything that could take longer than 5-10 minutes is no bueno imo.  

    I remember when I was 8 my friend’s Mom left us in her old car to run inside to 7-11 for something.  She forgot to put the parking brake on and the car started rolling backwards, all of a sudden this lady is screaming “THAT CAR IS ROLLING WITH KIDS IN IT” and the lady hops in the car and pulls the brake.  It was hilarious.  Anyway, I think older elementary school age kids do just fine being left in the car for a few, as long as it is locked and the parking brake is on.  

    Post # 14
    14657 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I wouldnt really consider the child unattended if I could see him/her at all times.   My vote was yes, for a second if my eyes are on him/her at all times.  But leave my child out of sight for even a second?  hell no. 

    Post # 15
    2095 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think running into the gas station is a little different than a shopping trip. I have left my child in the car when there was a problem at the pump and I had to run inside real quick. I do pay at the pump, but sometimes it doesn;t go through or it stops early, what do you do then?Anything else my child would not be left in the car.

    Post # 16
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would rather wake my sleeping child up and carry him into a gas station that risk the dangers of leaving him unattended. The “hassel” is a thousand times better than any potentional danger. Even aside from the issue of the temps in the car, people are freaking crazy! If you’re leaving your kids in the car unattended, you may as well post a sign on the car saying “free to any psychos who happen to be paing attention!”


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