5 year old left alone in amusement park. Advice??

Heidi - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi there! I am new to this, but could really use some motherly advice. My ex-husband takes his girlfriend's 8 year old daughter and our not quite 5 year old son to the large amusement park in our city about once a week. While he rides the large rides with the 8 year old, he leaves our son to sit and wait by himself. This scares me to death! I have tried to reason with him and sent articles on stranger safety, but haven't made any progress. My ex-husband has shown lack of common sense too many times to count with our son. Our son has gotten hurt, but thankfully nothing too serious. What should I do about him being left alone? I am considering contacting a lawyer, but not sure what good it will do. I just want to protect my son the most amicable way I can. Any ideas moms??? Thank You! :)

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Kathy - posted on 06/18/2013

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Leaving a five year old is an absolutely terrible idea, bordering on criminal, and it is also neglect. He also risks making his son feel like a fifth-wheel, definitely not part of a family outing, when he shows preference for the 8-year-old. This should not happen with a biological sibling, cousin, friend, or anyone else, either.
If he is so interested in riding with the 8-year-old, he should take the children on different days, perhaps alternating weeks.
Now it is up to you to protect your child by contacting an attorney immediately. Sounds as if there are other instances of your ex showing a definite lack of common sense, and a lawyer can help you with all of these bad decisions your husband makes.

Crystal - posted on 08/07/2011

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Take his butt to court and get full custode of your child and when the judge asked you why just tell him/her what you have wrote here.

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