Alone in the car: not until they're 18?
I have very recently become a mama to three offspring. Lordly-lord, it can be tough to mobilize these young folk. Getting out the door means three jackets, three pairs of shoes (or foot coverings), three bags of their own stuff. Then, getting into and out of the car is yet another challenge.
Sometimes, my 9-year old asks if she can stay in the car while I fetch the younger siblings. I say, "sure". Why not? She's sitting reading in the car parked right in front of the school. If we were down the block from where I was going, I wouldn't do it. Then, the other day, she asked if she could stay in the car while I did some grocery shopping. While I was reaaallllllly tempted, I decided against it. And, for some reason, only then did it occur to me that I didn't know what the law was here in Oregon (every state has its own motor vehicle laws) about leaving your kids in the car alone.
A person having custody or control of a child under 10 years of age commits the crime of child neglect in the second degree if, with criminal negligence, the person leaves the child unattended in or at any place for such period of time as may be likely to endanger the health or welfare of such child.
... which means to say that leaving a child under 10 alone in a car could or could not be considered neglect? So it depends on the circumstances?
Well, if that's the case, what are your thoughts on leaving a child alone in the car? Have you done it? Under what circumstances? Will you never do it? Will you do it under certain circumstances only?