I have 13 months between my 2. When DD2 was a baby I used to lug both into Coles and dump them in a trolley to do my monthly shop (I didn't want to go thru the ordeal of getting in and out more often) sadly I can never get a parents with prams park but our local Coles manager noticed me struggling and gave me the store ph number. Until I could safely get both kids in I would park over the back of the car park and a trolley boy would bring me a trolley. Now with a 2 and 1 year old I don't even bother to get one. I just park further away and walk along the street so I'm not crossing right in front of Coles with a 2 year old who likes to run.
I've seen a woman stop her car in the middle of the car park, left her baby in it and got out to absolutely abuse the crap out of a couple who had to be at least 80 because they parked in a PWP park and didn't have the right to be there. Far out, are you f@rking serious?
(a general statement, not aimed at anyone in particular)
Perhaps they should just change them all to 'if you have some kind of condition that prevents you from being able to walk 50m through a car park' parks. A forum full of mothers and mothers can't even agree on who should use them...if you have a pram or a trolley...and then who is more deserving...the mother with one newborn, or the mother with 2,3,4,5,6 kids? What if the mother has twins, or a child with special needs, or they have some kind of injury etc.
FTR the only time I park in a pwp car park without my kids is at peak shopping times (Christmas etc.) and there is literally no other park. I'm not driving around for another 10 minutes...seniors and disabled parks I will not park in. Also the pwp parks here are normal sized car parks, they are not wider to fit in a pram up the side. If people think I'm rude or lacking empathy and approached me about it or left a note on my car I would think they need to find better things to worry about really.
At the end of the day it is just a parking spot. And you might get lucky and get one. You might not. Bur not getting a parking spot does not give anyone permission to become the local parking inspector huffing ane puffing about who took THEIR spot. Seriously I have an almost 3 year old and an 18 month old. I don't always get a pwp spot, sometimes I park quite far away, and that means getting DS out and putting him in the pram and then having DD hold onto the handles while we walk to the shops entrance.
Or carrying them both, which I've done.
As their parent their safety is my responsibilty not the shopping centres. We are not disabled. We can walk. Being a mother is not some special privledge.
How do we think our mothers coped without the pwp? How did the human race survive?
Seriously, total first world problem.
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Yep, I was just going to say we all survived without them when we were growing up!
Wow first time i feel happy that we don't live inner city. There are pwp parking in shopping centres here but normal lots are big enough tn take the child out easily, not that hard to find a spot near the entrance too. I would be too terrified to use pwp parking knowing some people are observing to judge if i'm eligible to park there!
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If ur a parent and theres one free- great park there, if not - move on. I would never have a go at someone without kids for parking there but they are designated for certain people so in general its just common courtesy. I am surprised people are being nasty in this thread. Theres no need
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I rarely feel the need to use one. I dont struggle to get DS in and out of his carseat and with the pram coming out of the boot, dont need the extra space on the side. I will only use one if everywhere else is completely full
If school aged kids cant be trusted/controlled in dangerous situations then perhaps the kids shouldnt be taken out in those situations? (pwp spots in a carpark wouldnt prevent all accidents). Online shopping only cots $7.
If your kid is a toddler different story and I don't think you fit into the "parents with school aged kids using pwp spots tick me off" that the previous poster mentioned.
Lumpy Melon (09-07-2012)
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