It’s Ilegal For A Reason!

8 Jun

Would you leave your 4 year old at home watching TV if you just had to run across the street for a minute? What if it was down the block? What if your toddler was sleeping and you had to go a few blocks to pick up your other kid at school?
I was standing in front of my 5 year old’s school talking to the other Mothers, while we waited for the kids to get out of class. My friend JL was complaining how she hates having to wake her two year old from his nap to come to school to pick up her Kindergartener. when one of the other Mom’s chimed in, “When my son was a baby I used to just leave him at home while I went the two blocks to get my older kids.” JL and I both just stared at her, blinking, trying not to look like we were shocked. Then another Mom in the group added, “I’ve done it before, but quickly of course.”
JL and I both gave each other a wide eyed look and I knew what we were both thinking….

I’m sorry, but has the whole world gone mad?! You can’t leave your infants and toddlers home alone people! I don’t care if you live just across the street or if your angel hates to be woken from his afternoon siesta. I don’t care if you have supersonic hearing and go-go gadget arms, do not leave your child home alone. I know how painful it is to wake a sleeping baby, I get how much worse it is still to wake a slumbering toddler. Is it not common sense that you can’t leave the house without your kid? What if there is an earthquake, a fire, an intruder? What if the one time you decide to leave is the one time your 2 year old decides to climb out of his crib and walk out the front door?

I am not usually the crazy ranting rule following safety freak Mom. I don’t gasp when my kids fall down, or freak out if they eat some sand. I even let them solve their own disagreements on the playground (unless blood is involved.) But this leaving kids at home nonsense is, well, nonsense. Be creative people, there has got to be another way. Take turns with another Mom in the neighborhood picking up the older kids from school. Ask Grandma or currently unemployed cousin Harold to stop by a couple days a week. For G-D’s sake nobody loves a sleeping child more than I do, but it’s just not worth it.


Have you done it? Would you do it? Am I being neurotic?

5 Responses to “It’s Ilegal For A Reason!”

  1. A T June 8, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    There is no excuse for such negligence, especially living in a neighborhood where you should have the resources to hire extra help for these types of circumstances. If this mother is openly admitting to this behavior, who knows what else she is doing. Everyone knows what happens when you try and cut corners?

  2. Marni June 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I would NEVER leave my baby alone. She sleeps for about 3 and half hours during the day, and that’s one nap. If she takes two in a day that’s another hour and a half i am stuck at home. I don’t care what errands I need to do, I will never leave her alone. Like you said I would call someone over if I really had to go out otherwise i wait for her to wake up, or if I must i wake her up to take her out.

    Like you said, I don’t freak when she falls down, or eats off the floor but leaving her alone …. Anything could happen.

    What kind of mother would leave a poor helpless baby alone …..

  3. calibamamom June 13, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I won’t even leave my almost 13 year old home alone yet! We used to live in a gated community, and when my now 6 year old was two and a half, she actually DID walk out the door and down the sidewalk one afternoon while I was in the bathroom for 3 minutes. THREE MINUTES!! When I came out of the potty, I noticed the front door ajar and walked out to see our dog barking loudly in the direction of the community mailboxes just beyond our driveway, up the sidewalk a bit. I immediately began screaming T’s name and when I did, I heard my neighbor say, “It’s okay. I’ve got her.” When I laid my eyes on T, in my neighbor’s arms, I burst into tears. I was shaking, and felt like puking. I felt like the worst mother in the world. That was the most terrifying few minutes of my life. For a very long time, I wouldn’t go to the bathroom without all three of my girls coming along with me. Seriously.

  4. J LO June 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Yes, the whole world has gone mad! I can barely leave my son in a room alone, let alone home alone!!!

    • julie June 14, 2012 at 6:41 am #

      Hi I just found your blog- you are so funny! I have 2 year old twins and a 4 year old so I can relate to you :) I just wanted to comment that it is very common in cultures around the world to leave sleeping infants alone while running errands. My neighbor is from Iran and told me that when she was growing up her mother left her for during nap time each day to run errands down the street. Just saying….

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