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Old 03-18-2008, 08:57 AM   #21
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My Xh used to do that all the time
He would leave the kids in the car, go into a store, or more than one store. One day I found the car, with my eldest reading a book to her younger sister while the baby slept. I took all 3 kids into my car, and was talking and playing with them waiting for their father to come out of the Grocery store (all my eldest daughter knew was that she had read a couple books). 40 min later he came out of the video store at the edge of the parking lot with a bag of groceries, and a couple movies, he actually got in the car and pulled up to the parking lot exit before he realized he was missing something.


the worst part is he did not stop the habit, I ended up eventually being the kid driver most of the time since I could not trust him. it was not even the beginning of the end, it was a big part of the end.

just my 2c on this
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:30 AM   #22
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All of your stories remind me that my mother (my own mother for Pete's sake) has lost my son (her ONLY grandson) at Disney World TWICE! Both times she forgot that he was supposed to be with her. They had both gone off together alone to go look at something and both times my mom returned without him. Uh, hello, Mother! You went to go see something *with* him. How can you forget he was with you. Once he was just 2 years old and still non-verbal (he's autistic). He also had waist length blonde curls. So the Cast Members trying to help us were looking for a boy and kept by-passing a little girl (which also totally baffled me that they weren't paying attention to a child wandering all alone!) Took about 20 minutes to find him. The second time she lost him in one of the shops. He was 4 at the time and still not very verbal. But he did what we told him to do if he ever got lost and that was just to stay where he was. As you can imagine we don't go to Disney with my parents anymore.
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While I can't imagine how someone could forget their child is in the car, I can't judge them for it either. To me it seems very irresponsible but I wasn't there, haven't lived that day for them, and can't say how or why it could happen. I really feel for their pain. They'll have to live with it for the rest of their life.
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