I used to know someone who left two kids home asleep during the night to drive their partner to work which was a 20 min drive each way. I said what if you had an accident, the car breaks down, the kids wake up from a nightmare. I honestly don't think they thought about the 'what ifs'....but they don't do it anymore (that I know of anyway).
I just sent her a text, to see if she's okay & whether she realises she could get in a lot of trouble for doing what she did..
Holy moly, no way in the world!! Plenty of reasons why have already been mentioned.
There are so many what ifs. What if the child woke alone? What if there was a fire or emergency? What if the mum got into an accident?
Some people confuse me!!! How could you walk out the door and not think of the "what ifs"?
As an aside, when I only had one child (he was 2), my DH had a night out and had trouble getting a cab to pick him up (out of town). I knew it was way too far to walk so considered my options. Leave DS or wake him up and get DH? I took the second option. It was 2am and the middle of winter so absolutely freezing (regularly below 0 overnight where I live). I dragged him out of bed, rugged him up and threw him in the car. Sure I could have taken the easy option but just not worth the risk for me.
That mum needs a serious reality check I think.
I certainly admit I had the "I wish" moments ... when you think "oh I wish I could leave her home and not wake her up to go *wherever*" ... but its definitely not something I would ever actually do.
Wow, no. I can see the temptation, but I'd never do it.
I'm not really concerned about the child wakes up/house burns down/someone breaks in scenarios.... as they're either extremely unlikely, or my daughter wouldn't be distressed for long before I was back anyway. I'd be concerned about what if something happened to me? If I couldn't get back and noone else knew she was there. *shudders*
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