So it would seem Rachel Stevens has got herself a bit of a Mummy Bashing for leaving her kids in the car whilst ‘running some errands’. According to my sources (the always accurate *cough cough* MailOnline) she left her four year old and eighteen month old unattended in the car for ten minutes. When I first read this I must say I was a bit astounded, on the surface it does sound quite irresponsible. But then I got to thinking about some of the stupid parenting choices I’ve made and got my large bottom off my rather high horse and checked myself before I wrecked myself.
In all honesty when I get petrol, if I can’t pay at the pump I leave Finley in the car whilst I go pay at the Kiosk. I do it for selfish reasons, solely because I can’t be arsed with getting him in and out of the car seat, getting him across the forecourt, telling him he can’t have any ‘ockolat’ because it’s 7.30am and then dealing with the inevitable shop floor meltdown. I reckon this is a similar reason that Rachel had, she probably just needed to quickly pop over to the Co-Op for tampons or something equally glamorous and it was just quicker and easier to make the dash alone.
Now a panic tampon dash is definitely something I can relate to and the hassle of hauling your kids along, I can sympathise with but is it ever really safe to leave your kids in the car unattended?
When I leave Finley to go pay for petrol, I can see him and he can see me. I am just a couple of metres away, I could get to him in a matter of seconds if I needed to. If somehow he got out his car seat and took the handbrake off or someone tried to get him, I would see it happening and be able to do something about it. I am gone for one or two minutes max, he doesn’t really have time to get bored or restless or worried. I lock the car and I tell him I’m going to pay and will be back in a minute, I also wave at him like a loon from the shop window. He’s fine about it, in fact he thinks it’s a game. If it ever upset him I wouldn’t do it.