Could you not pay attention to your kid? Thanks

@SomeCowgirl (32270)
United States
April 13, 2011 6:50am CST
I was at the mall with a friend yesterday when a little girl was playing on the third story escalator to belk. The girl was walking up the escalator stairs and down the same up escalator stairs. I said "oh little girl please don't do that." I don't know if she heard me or not, but guess were here mama was? yep you guessed right, nowhere to be found. Well of course I assumed mama, but it coulda been her father or any other of her family members. It just upsets me that she was not attended to because of what almost happened to that little boy in a mall. If you're not sure what I'm talking about there was a little boy riding up the escalator by the side, and reached the top and didn't know what to do, well luckily he was about to fall and a manager of a store saw him and came running AND caught him. Ooh that's just brings chills through me! So tell me, could you please not pay attention to your kid dear sir / madam? Thanks What do you think of this?
11 responses
• United States
13 Apr 11
Sadly some parents only learn after an incident, and sadly at times the incident is irreversible. There is nothing more an objective person can do but make aware that a child is left alone in harms way.' In this day and age it is not easy to explain/react to a child being left alone in harms way because some parents find it insulting. If only they understood that an objective person pointing out harms way is strictly thinking of the child's safety. I have raised two and can tell you it is not an easy task because children in a blink of a second find ways to disappear without anyone noticing. However as their parent I took whatever precaution necessary while out shopping with them to assure I tried and did my best to keep them strapped to my side during the shopping trip. I was successful most of the times but found that anytime they outsmart me that the next time I would outsmart them more. lol The only thing we can do is continue to make aware that it is important as a parent to watch/protect their children from harms way. So answer you question, I think it is of utmost importance that parents be 110% on the look out at all times when it comes to children because I rather be frustrated at the moment while shopping with an irritable child then lament later of his/her disappearance and or safety. Certainly not an easy task but perhaps doing all they can to prevent.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
13 Apr 11
I sincerely hope that most parents who are in the wrong with the way they take care of their children will realize it before it is too late. I can understand being uncomfortable about being told that they are doing wrong by how they are taking care of their kid, I can even understand being mad about being told how to raise a kid but I feel like if you have to be told then you are doing something wrong. I hope that the child is safe now and that the mother realized her mistake, it may have been whoever it was taking care of the child had been looking at something and the child ran off, I am not sure. You are right, you have to be extra vigilent in watching children, especially the more curious they get. I don't yet have children but I know it will be a tough job, even more tough then I could imagine I am sure, but I also know that it is going to be tough and that I need to wait until I am sure I am ready before I take on the job. Some people have children too young, sometimes by accident and I can understand that, but those who have the child on purpose but then can't take care of the child? that's what worries me.
13 Apr 11
well unfortunately some parents are too negligent with their children, maybe they were too busy with their thing and never realized that their children needs them. i am also a parent myself, when my eldest son reached 10 and he wanted to go to the mall, school or anywhere by himself I was so afraid to let him go thinking that he might be lost, kidnap or rundown by a car what more with that little girl and boy.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
13 Apr 11
Well it was just a little girl, and I am not sure where here mother or whoever was supposed to be taking care of her was, but I hope that they realized that they are doing wrong before the girl actually does get hurt! You are right some parents are too negligent of their own children and I sincerely hope nothing ever happens!
@elaidha (95)
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
Little kids should be looked upon all the time. If parents are not around they should hire someone or any member of their family to take care for their kids. That is one of the main responsibility of being a parent.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
13 Apr 11
Yes I agree but whoever was not paying attention to them was not doing their job. If you want to go to the mall to shop then leave the kids with someone else, that's just how I feel about it.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Apr 11
I also have small kids. And when I'm with them out and about, I couldn't stand to not pay attention to them every 2 or 3 seconds. So it's funny that you see this kid unattended, and playing at a potentially dangerous area. I just hope that her parents realizes this before any real danger that could happen.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
14 Apr 11
That sounds about right. I know alot of children do not want to pay attention to what their elders say but that is so dangerous. They should have at least been watched by whoever brought them there to begin with.
• India
14 Apr 11
I know…I see enough of such complete idiots on the road everyday and then when something unfortunate happens, they’ll blame the authorities or lack of safety measures or similar such excuses. Its specially dangerous on the escalators where kids are prone to jump and skip along and most accidents occur that way. Some months back, there was even this unfortunate incident where a small boy actually slipped thru the gap at the top between the escalator and railings..here again the parents sued the mall for leaving that gap but what I think is that such gaps are normal everywhere (it’s the way it is constructed) and the parents should have been careful with that unfortunate child…holding his hands while going up and down the escalator.
• United States
14 Apr 11
You have some irresponsible parents out here that just pretty much allow their kids to run wild without any supervision. I feel that if you aren't going to keep an eye on your kids and be a parent, do not have them. Mind you that these parents are the same type that cry and rant when something happens to their precious baby.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
14 Apr 11
For me you can't do that as long as you are not good mom to your child.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
13 Apr 11
Wow that is scary. So many bad things could happen on an escalator. I think i would have maybe told someone that worked there and had them take custody of the little girl till the parent was found. It is possible that she wondered off and her parent can't find her too. Although it's probably more likely that they weren't watching her. I have three kids so I know how hard it is and sometimes they just get away from you even when you are trying your hardest to watch them. My middle one thankfully never did it when we were out, but she was very good at knowing the exact second I wasn't looking and slipping out of sight.
@arunadas (111)
• India
13 Apr 11
But i am sure if something 'more' had happened like say the child tripping (not that i wish something like that happen to a small child for no fault of hers) but in case there was an 'incident' the parent or whoever was with child would have screamed their lungs out and taken it on the mall, the escalator maker, the store manager just about anybody in sight! Children are a huge but pleasant responsibility and if you think otherwise but not produce any children at all is what i say :)!! But lucky little boy who was caught by the alert store manager and little girl also had some luck by her side even if parents/guardians were missing.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Apr 11
Some people just shouldn't be parents...