The debate has arisen again about if it is safe to leave your child in the car when you pay for petrol. I was reading different mums views and opinions on the subject trying to think about my own views.
Then it came to me. I would leave my little man in the car without even thinking about it – maybe that’s bad? Maybe I am just a mother who doesn’t think about the negative impact quite as much as I should?
Or is there that much of a negative impact?
Personally I pull up at the petrol station and get out the car. I fill up with fuel and then open the door and grab my purse, whilst chatting to little man and saying mummy will be 2 minutes. I lock the car.
I then walk the 10 metres to the mini shop where there is a full glass window for you to see the car, and I pay.
2 minutes later I am back in the car. No upheaval of a toddler. No tantrums or struggles with him now wanting chocolate from the shop.
Or I just use pay at pump – simple.
Now I must say that I do fill the car up very rarely. I am lucky that hubby does tend to do this for me. When I do, I usually don’t even have little man with me.
But, I genuinely did not think twice about whether I would leave him in the car to pop in to the kiosk and pay.
I was interested in reading and understanding other parent’s views; many of them were not the same as mine.
Some said they would get their baby/toddler out their car seat as there would be a risk the car would get stolen. Others said the car may catch on fire. Then others claimed that someone might steal their child.
I do totally appreciate all these ifs, but the chances are slim to none that these may happen.
Petrol stations are always well lit, and are quite small. The person in question would need to work pretty quickly to break in to your car before you or someone else spots them and runs the 10 metres to tackle them.
I would never fill my car up with petrol after about 9pm when it is dark. Nor would I leave my toddler in the car if I felt in any way uncomfortable with who was around.
It all comes down to common sense.
So I am interested to hear other parent’s views on this. Would you leave your child in the car while you pay for petrol?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO
*post first seen on meetothermums.com