Tammy - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 67 moms have responded )
I just heard another story about someone leaving their child in the car and the child dying of heat stroke. Once again, the parent was supposed to drop the child off at day care, forgot and never thought of it until time to pick the child up. What are your thoughts on this topic? I have several kids and yet I've somehow managed to not forget about any of them FOR AN ENTIRE DAY. Am I the only heartless b*tch who thinks that parents should be prosecuted for that? I know families who have 10 children and who still manage to keep track of all of them. I don't understand the mindset of a parent who can forget to take their child to daycare and then not think about them until the end of the day. I mean, we all make mistakes. I left my son in the car and managed to walk all the way into Target with my 3 girls before I realized I didn't have him (a sum total of about 1 minute). I've forgotten to go pick up my girls at activities and shown up a half hour late. Most moms I know don't go 15 minutes without thinking about their kids, working or not. My own husband might forget to drop them off at daycare. We don't do daycare so I've never had to test the theory, but I know based on other things he's forgotten about that in maybe a half hour, 45 minutes he'd be thinking, "Hmm... I don't actually remember dropping the child off... OH CRAP!" No way would he go through his entire work day and the thought never occur to him. Do you think this indicates an attitude that the parents have, i.e. that their child is just another checkbox on their list and once they check it, it's totally out of their thoughts? Or do you see how this could happen and just feel bad for the parents that they lost their child?