Why? So parents can have some free time — at their kids' expense.
Most parents wouldn’t even let their child roam through the grocery store solo. That’s why it is absolutely mind-boggling that some adults think it’s OK to leave children to fend for themselves in local parks, malls, beaches and amusement parks.
Recently, a woman left her 5-year-old sibling and 2-year-old child alone in The Lakes Mall play area while she went shopping. With no one overseeing them, the children could have been seriously injured or harmed.
Our loved ones are not immune to kidnappers, sexual predators, or even everyday mishaps. Don’t let yourself think anything different.
Our children depend on us to keep them safe. It's kind of hard to do that if you’re not even watching them.
Public places are not a free babysitting drop-off.
Perhaps these failing parents feel a false sense of security. It may be a public place with many other children and parents, but leaving your child among strangers shouldn’t feel safe at all.
If you continue to do so, you will very likely face legal charges. More importantly, the children you’re responsible for could face irreversible damage.
So, do your job, grow up, put your children first, and keep them in your sightline and safe.
You can shop another time.
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