|Forum topic by GMman||posted 01-11-2012 03:27 PM||1458 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
01-11-2012 03:27 PM
Couple eats pizza while children freeze in car
10/01/2012 10:18:00 AM
by Sameer Vasta
Sadly, we’ve all heard stories about parents leaving their children alone in locked cars in the middle of heat waves for extended amounts of time; last week, a couple in Vaughan were issued a caution for leaving their two children in the cold, instead.
The couple in Vaughan, Ontario, were inside a pizza place while their two kids, aged four and six years, were left inside a locked car, shivering as the outside temperature dipped below -20 on one of the coldest days of the winter last Tuesday. Police estimate that the children had been in the car for about 20 minutes until a passerby called 911; police had to break the window of the car to rescue the shivering children while the parents enjoyed their pizza indoors.
The fact that these kinds of incidents keep happening is baffling: what person, in their right mind, thinks it is okay to leave their young children alone in a locked car for an extended amount of time in extreme temperatures — both extreme heat and extreme cold are troublesome — while they head out to enjoy themselves? There are extenuating circumstances, perhaps, but in most cases, if there are two adults available, leaving one with the children (and providing opportunities for the children to stay warm or cool, as the circumstance dictates) only makes sense.
The outcry for better parenting education or even parent licensing is always loud after reports of these incidents, but at some point we must wonder: is this really about bad parenting, or about poor life judgment in general?
It seems to me that the same person who thinks it would be okay to leave their young child locked in a freezing car while they eat pizza is the same kind of person that would make egregious errors in common judgment in all parts of life. A parenting license or better parenting education won’t stop that, but stricter consequences — a caution seems hardly punishment enough — for such actions may deter other people who have similar poor judgment to do the same.
Making an example of others may not always be the best way to educate people, but for people who just don’t “get it,” harsher consequences may be the only thing that works.