get out of your car and attend to your kid

United States
April 23, 2013 3:09pm CST
We were at a park over the weekend. My 3 and then there were 4 other kids playing together around my kids age range. The girl who looked to be 4-5ish hurt herself on the teeter totter, the girl seemed ok nothing serious, and the older siblings were attending to her. I'm thinking these kids are in the park alone I'm the only adult there aside from passersby's. The boy calms her down and they play a lil more then decide to leave. There is a parking lot right next to it where parents sometimes sit in the car because it's maybe 200 or so feet from the playground and you can see most everything. Well the car 2 slots over (the only other) the kids get into that car and leave. I'm thinking, well gee lady can't you look up from whatever you were doing and notice your kid is hurt?
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@marianne87 (3526)
23 Apr 13
How old were the siblings? Personally I wouldn't allow my kids to play away from me unless the eldest was at least 12 and very responsible. You take your eyes off a little one and they can be taken in moments. Accidents happen, and children are very resilient - my eldest has had her head glued twice and was fine both times, though I wasn't! But I would still want to be around watching my kids, just in case. And I enjoy playing with them, they won't be small forever.
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• United States
2 Sep 15
That truly won't be small forever! When you look at photos and how they've changed it can be mindblowing. My middle ended up with stitches after playing ring around the rosie and hitting her head. The youngest had glue on a cut he had right above his eye that split open and I couldnt take care of on my own.
@allen0187 (34151)
• Philippines
2 Sep 15
Definite nominee for 'Parent Of The Year' award there... N-O-T-!!! Some folks just aren't cut out to be parents. Sorry to say that but with what we have seen, this seems like a universal truth.
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@Beatburn (3945)
• Philippines
7 Sep 15
We need to include parenting in the school curriculum. Seriously.
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@allen0187 (34151)
• Philippines
7 Sep 15
@Beatburn agree with you but truth be told, nothing can really prepare anyone for the demands of parenting. NOTHING!
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@Beatburn (3945)
• Philippines
8 Sep 15
@allen0187 It seems you are extracting from your own life experience. Extracting = hugot.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
24 Apr 13
Sadly, that's not unusual these days. Even when moms are sitting there not far from their kids they aren't watching or engaged with them but totally absorbed in their cell phones. Talking, texting, watching movies or playing games are all more important than their kids. I'll never forget watching a little 2-3 year old with a flower in her hand trying to get her mom's attention while the mom talked on her damned cell phone! She missed a moment of wonder with her little girl and the child learned that she is not more important than her mom's cell phone. Of all the devices modern man has devised, the cell phone is one of the most beneficial and the most destructive, its effects spanning years--its misuse alienates children from parents and the hurt and damage will last a lifetime.
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• United States
2 Sep 15
You are totally right! Many aspects of modern technology have their set backs as well as benefits. I love technology but at the same time what was supposed to save us time also takes us away from many other things in the world we are to absorbed in technology to notice.
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Irresponsible parent. What if the children were abducted, what would she do? Blame the police? There a lot of abduction happening nowadays, and now I know, some of it were parents fault.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
24 Apr 13
yeh you have to wonder sometimes about what are in people's heads sometime
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• United States
2 Sep 15
IDK you know the world is not the same from when I was a kid even. Most people are super cautious about their kids. Whereas mine just wanted to know where I'd be and to be back before dark or check in on and off during the day. Now days if they aren't within our eye sight they are within cell phone range.
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
a park is a public place where we should never really be too at ease, as a lot of unexpected things could happen anytime. we can never really blame our kids if we think that they can already manage all by themselves. it's always a matter of how well on-guard we are when it comes to safefy. -- not really to the point of making them dependent on you; but they we could give them more of the guidance that they need when we tell them what to do while we watch them give recourse to their pain. adults should see to it that the young are learning the proper way to heal their own pain; that just assume that they already know what to do.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Apr 13
They blame all the stuff that happens on the kids now days....I say alot has to do with the parents and lack of really caring....this is a prime example. Too lazy to even play with her kids...not only that but when the child was hurt? If I had been a mom whose kid was hurt I would have had a panic attack and would have had to be with them!
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@GardenGerty (104190)
• United States
1 Sep 15
I am surprised she was even there. I have seen kids as young as 3 or 4 dumped off at a park with a lake and other scary things.
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• United States
1 Sep 15
Our area like many get various take offender dumped off when they are released and one should take that into consideration.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Apr 13
Apparently she Can't. Thank goodness nobody got seriously hurt.
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@allen0187 (34151)
• Philippines
2 Sep 15
Agree with you there @dawnald . Good thing the child didn't get hurt seriously and an older sibling was there to comfort her.
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
23 Apr 13
I've done that.. but when I hear crying I check to make sure it isn't major.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Apr 13
I think there was something wrong with that parent! When we take the kids to the park we are out there playing with them. I am a huge kid at heart so I have a blast at the park still! Lol. I would never leave my kids anywhere and not watch them! Some parents should not be parents!!
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