This article says that: "In Katy, Texas, this week, shoppers smashed the
windows of a woman's jeep after she left her children inside while getting
a haircut, USA Today reported."Turns out this was not correct.
The woman accidentally locked the kids in the car and actually asked these
"shoppers" to smash the windows.
There are currently around 100 stranger abductions of children in the U.S. each
year. Compare that to around 2,000 child fatalities due to car accidents per
year. So statistically, children are safer left at home than riding with
parents. But we now live in a society that says 1)children must be constantly
hovered over and protected from every negative life experience and 2)parents are
to be blamed for every bad thing that happens in a child's life. So maybe
all this hovering could save a handful from physical harm, but do we know the
social and emotional consequences of helicopter parenting to millions of
children in exchange?
The kids were probably crying because they didn't want to have to sit in
the car, not because they were dying. If anyone has ever raised any children,
they are kidding themselves if they don't think this is a likely
possibility. My parents had us sit and wait in the car for a few minutes while
they ran into the bank or some other quick errand when we were this age. We
could roll down the windows or open the door if we got warm. We hated it
because we wanted to go every place our parents were going, but there was no
harm done and as an adult, I can see why my parents didn't want to unload a
car of kids to go into the bank for five minutes. I would really hate to be a
parent nowadays where the public is voluntarily turning themselves into
informants and reporting on the activities of others without even knowing the
facts or circumstances. I agree that the public needs to be vigilant when it
comes to the safety of children, but that also means to act responsibly as well.
I find the tone of this article sad...be careful about leaving your kids alone
or you might get into trouble? How about be a responsible parent? If any
situation arises where one is not available to watch their own children, they
should hire a sitter, or ask a neighbor. I cannot fathom going to work a shift,
or to classes at university while leaving young children unsupervised. Sadly,
UT does not have a set age for when it is ok to leave kids home - but the
national SAFEKIDS campaign suggests 12. I feel that 12 is a good age suggestion
for leaving children alone in public as well. Being with your kids does not
mean you have to hover over them, or be overprotective, it just means being
there if a problem or emergency arises - isn't that what parents are
supposed to do?
In most there societies, when adults see a young child without a parent nearby,
they help to watch over the child, not call the police to arrest the parent, and
have social services place the child in the custody of a stranger, where there
is a much higher risk of child abuse.