Why Would You Leave Children in the Car?

Oct 25, 2012 at 5:10 am in Bloggers, Diary Adventures of LagosMums, Featured by YWee · Tags: , ,

The other day I went to a supermarket and I noticed a car with two children probably between the ages of 4 and 8 who had been left in the car in the parking lot. Whoever it was that drove the car was definitely not in the vehicle or nearby. On further prying I noticed that the key had been left in the car’s ignition (perhaps to leave the air conditioning on for them) and the younger child was leaning across from the backseat to the drivers seat fiddling with the gear. I hung around for a little bit hoping that perhaps whoever left the children in the car simply popped into the store for a quick second and was surely coming back to the car in no time. However for the time I delayed and by the time I finally left, the driver had not returned to the car.

All I could think of was what an accident waiting to happen. There are a million, okay perhaps not exactly a million scenarios, of the dangers in such a situation.

The children could have decided to try and move the car, it will surprise you how much our children pick up and notice and they could easily have figured out how to turn the key, move the gear and drive. They could have locked themselves in the car and be unable to unlock the car. They could have been kidnapped? Harmed? Assaulted by a stranger or people with devilish thoughts.

I mean I know that sometimes you think it will be quicker to run in for a second without the kids to get an errand done, but with kids sometimes it is indeed within that second that the children can get up to mischief and harm themselves. It is just not worth the potential for danger or an accident to leave the children unsupervised and then to be left alone in the car for that matter? please take them with you. You can always pop them into the shopping cart to reduce their wandering in the store or to stop them from picking things you don’t want them to.

Now not having seen who drove that car it might not have been the parents, it might have been a driver or even a driver and a nanny who decided to pop into the store and leave the kids in the car. Parents please highlight the dangers of leaving children unsupervised (even if just for a second) to your domestic staff and if that was a parent who left his or her children in the car – DON’T! It is dangerous.

The way I felt I understand why in the western world it is not uncommon to hear of a passerby who would call security or the police to alert them of such negligence. Even if you were lucky to get away without incident this time it shouldn’t give the impression that it is safe, because God forbid the day that they are left in the car in a less secure compound or they are bored enough to try and move the car!