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    Put your bag/house key/ bus pass in the back seat simple solution you'll soon realise

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    Oh gosh I just read the whole article. Such tragic tragic stories 😥😥😥😥

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple iPhart6 View Post
    Yes, it often happens to people who have too much on their plate but it can really be as simple as a change in routine that causes it. That lapse of memory happens and your brain substitutes the memory of doing it another day instead. Your brain is satisfied that the task is completed and you go about your day.
    Yeah, this. Some of the people who this has happened to weren't in a time of stress, it was literally a change in a routine that they are used to doing every time the leave the house.

    If it were as simple as just not engaging in high risk behaviour, then it wouldn't happen to those that don't do that - and it does.

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    I read the article some time ago and it really opened my eyes and I found it utterly heartbreaking. I am also being saddened by some of these black and white opinions and really hope that you don't have a moment like the poor patents in the article.

    I thankfully (touch wood) have not had a moment where I have forgotten my ds in the car but I have had a momentary lapse when putting him in the car. He was about 5 months old and I was getting no sleep with him waking almost every hour for over a month straight. Ds was still rear facing in a capsule, I put him in the capsule and tightened the tether strap but didn't clip him in. I drove for over an hour on highway roads, if i had of had an accident the consequences could and would have been fatal for him. When I discovered what I had done I was devastated and refused to drive for over a month.

    After my own personal experience I can see how these things can happen so easily. As a new parent with no support network, a husband working long hours to support his family and living in an area with minimal public transport there are times where you have no choice but to drive at times where previously (before children) you wouldn't have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    What if that person (such as blessedwith3) is doing the things that would minimise the risk? (Managing their stress levels, emotions, setting boundaries around work, not talking on the phone while driving, not driving when severely sleep deprived etc).
    Yes yes yes

    1. I have always put my handbag on the back seat since the day I got my license, don't know why but I have
    2. Before my day starts I think about what I need to do that day or want to do and prioritise what order I am doing things. I never just get in the car and drive.
    3. I have a mirror above the rear view mirror so have clear view of babies car seat besides which I always use my rearview mirror anyway and can see the backseat somewhat.
    4. I manage stress well, I don't get flustered/stressed easily. If I did I wouldn't have had 3 children and be in the field of work I am in and nor would I work 3 jobs temporarily as I am now if I found it too much.

    I'm not perfect and I'm not super woman. It's just how I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Yes yes yes

    1. I have always put my handbag on the back seat since the day I got my license, don't know why but I have
    2. Before my day starts I think about what I need to do that day or want to do and prioritise what order I am doing things. I never just get in the car and drive.
    3. I have a mirror above the rear view mirror so have clear view of babies car seat besides which I always use my rearview mirror anyway and can see the backseat somewhat.
    4. I manage stress well, I don't get flustered/stressed easily. If I did I wouldn't have had 3 children and be in the field of work I am in and nor would I work 3 jobs temporarily as I am now if I found it too much.

    I'm not perfect and I'm not super woman. It's just how I am.
    If you are not perfect why do you always come in and act like you are?

    I honestly hope you never suffer from fatal distraction or any other kind of parenting mistake or accident.

    It is like you know your words will hurt, but you say them anyway... you do realise how many people you have enraged, don't you.

    This whole thing makes my heart ache. Both the couples featured in the article, and the attitude of those holier than thou who have commented in this thread.

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    just a note to blessedwith3boys. I seriously hope no tragedy ever strikes you. can you honestly say, you have never forgotten something,? you have never made a wrong turn while driving or even walking.? , you have never forgotten to turn off the iron/stove ?? I don't expect you to answer, but I just hope you think about it. I hope you donate your brain to science because you must be truly one in a million. marie.

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    no one is perfect , accidents happen.
    We all make mistakes whether minor or major

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    It's almost the same mindset that people have about driving "I am a safe driver, therefore could never cause an accident". Which is just untrue, anyone who has ever said they have never had a moments distraction while driving is lying. And everyone is capable of having a car accident, no matter how safe you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Yes yes yes

    1. I have always put my handbag on the back seat since the day I got my license, don't know why but I have
    2. Before my day starts I think about what I need to do that day or want to do and prioritise what order I am doing things. I never just get in the car and drive.
    3. I have a mirror above the rear view mirror so have clear view of babies car seat besides which I always use my rearview mirror anyway and can see the backseat somewhat.
    4. I manage stress well, I don't get flustered/stressed easily. If I did I wouldn't have had 3 children and be in the field of work I am in and nor would I work 3 jobs temporarily as I am now if I found it too much.

    I'm not perfect and I'm not super woman. It's just how I am.
    I considered writing a longer reply but the amount of arrogance that you've displayed with your comments in this thread make me think that nothing anyone says will change your mind.

    Just know that you are not above the normal workings of the human brain, perhaps these processes that you have will make you less likely to suffer a "fatal distraction" but ultimately you really could fall prey to this just as easily as anyone else might do.

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