“Kid Still In The Car Seat” Awareness
About 24 hours ago, I published “How Do Parents Leave Their Kids Alone In A Hot Car?!”
To summarize it, I basically said that I feel like every time I hear another “parent left their kid alone in the hot car” story, it’s always that the parent was a bit looney to begin with.
I ended it with this:
“But really, I don’t know, do non-crazy parents end up leaving their kids alone in the car? Do they?”
The answer is yes.
Good, normal parents who are respected in their community have unfortunately accidently left their kids alone in a hot car.
The most common way this seems to happen: They simply forgot to drop off their kid, who was quiet in the back seat.
Here are a couple of links to prove it:
As I mentioned in this post’s prequel, I totally see how I could forget my son in the back seat of my car, on a morning when he is really tame on the drive and while I am very preoccupied with 17 random thoughts and 8 that actually are important.
But I want to make sure I never do forget.
I read this statement from the Safe Kids Worldwide CEO, Kate Carr, who had some advice for parents to prevent forgetting their child in the car:
“Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car – a briefcase, your purse, or better yet, your cell phone – that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.”
So, yeah, I’m going to start doing that. Starting today.
Now that I know it’s not just a stereotype of a parent who accidently leaves their kid in the car seat on a hot summer day, I’m ready to spread awareness.
What better way to do that than with another one of my glorious awareness ribbons?
For the record, I think awareness ribbons are annoying by now and are well past the “jumped the shark” point. And for me, that’s why they work. They spread awareness, even if through sheer tackiness like an infomercial.
So as I look at this orange “Kid Still In The Car Seat” Awareness ribbon that took me about 90 seconds to create on PicFont.com, I will be reminded to start leaving my cell phone in the back seat next to my son from now on.
Not to mention, I don’t need the added danger of tempting myself to text my wife while I’m driving.
I want to set good, preventative habits as a parent.
Thanks to those of you who left comments on ”How Do Parents Leave Their Kids Alone In A Hot Car?!” You led me here and I think I’m a better parent for it.