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Foolish parents and very young children in car parks

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NorthernLurker Sat 20-Apr-13 13:56:06

<<very judgey, deal with it>>

So today I've been to the farm shop. It has quite a big car park and is very naice. It also has a petting farm/playpark place. Lovely. Very popular with families. As I came back to my car I saw a family parked nearby getting all their stuff together obviously for a trip to said playpark. They had got their very young son out (maybe 18 months at the most) and they got their pushchair and they got out a ball. Which they gave to him, he dropped and ran after and they sorted of carried on milling around. In no way was he under their control to be safe from traffic. Finally dad felt the pushchair was sufficiently laden and they set off towards the park in a straggly row of three with child completely free range - in fact he nearly walked in to me coming the other way and I sent him towards parents. Then a HUGE car drove in to the car park and they work up a bit and picked him up. He screamed. Car passed and dad put him down to continue his free range rampage. When last seen they were at the end of the car park, mum out of sight and dad at least two metres away from and in front of the child - who was walking right next to the boots and bonnets of the parked cars. None of the drivers of which would have been able to see him at all. All they would have seen is an adult male walking along two metres away.
AIBU to think these parents were fools who will be spending time in A&E with this child as a result of an RTA at some point. I really wish I'd said something to them sad Were we the only parents to have 'carpark rules' - always hold hands, don't walk right behind cars, stand very still whilst I unlock the car and if you're too young to do that you get held on to.

YoniTrix Sat 20-Apr-13 18:48:09

YANBU. There's a space at my DD's nursery where you have to reverse really close to the nursery door to get out of it. I'm always ultra aware about watching for people coming to the door.

I was half way out of the space when I saw a parent and his child of about 2 come to the door. I stopped and the dad walked behind my car and over to his. No sign of the child. Clearly I didn't move until I could see the father had the child.

What sort of lunatic lets his toddler walk behind a reversing car without holding its hand?!?!?

ShadowStorm Sat 20-Apr-13 20:26:29

YANBU. Very careless behaviour on the part of the parents.

DS (20 months) is only allowed to walk on pavements next to roads, car parks etc if he's got his reins on and we're holding his hand as well as the reins. If he starts trying to wriggle free and run off then he either gets picked up and carried or put back in his pushchair.

He's not happy about being picked up or put back in the pushchair, but I'd rather have a tantruming DS than one under a car's wheels.

crashdoll Sat 20-Apr-13 21:05:08

I love all you hysterical car park rule parents.

Just today, a boy of about 5 or 6 was meandering by himself in the middle of a fucking car park. It's a car park known for twatty driving. You can hear the beeps from about a mile away as drivers act wanky and get told off about it. There was really no excuse. Someone must have called him over because he suddenly legged it and he was inches from my car, really quite scary.

SanityClause Sat 20-Apr-13 21:11:11

My DC would probably all chorus together "being in a carpark is like walking on a road" if you asked them my what my stance on this was when they were younger. In fact, DS, who is my youngest, and is now 9 is still a bit dippy about carparks and roads, and still needs some supervision.

Fuckwittery Sat 20-Apr-13 21:16:11

I am constantly screeching "it's a CAR PARK! Stand still! Hold my hand! Stay close! CAR PARK!"

Armi Sat 20-Apr-13 21:25:43

I'm 38 and my mother still holds my hand in car parks and when crossing the road!

crashdoll Sat 20-Apr-13 22:15:59

I'm 24 and when I sit in the front of the car with my mum and she brakes suddenly, she puts her hand out of stop me jolting forward. I did say I've been able to support my own head for almost a quarter of a century, so I think I'd manage but she says it's a reflex.

NorthernLurker Sat 20-Apr-13 22:32:43

Well it comforts me enormously to know that there are so many of you out there with 'carpark rules' grin

Startail Sat 20-Apr-13 22:41:41


DD does dances, one of her classmates little sisters will never join them. She was killed by a reversing people carrier.

OhDearNigel Sat 20-Apr-13 23:25:26

Yanbu. I may be a horrible, wrist gripping disciplinarian but hopefully it will stop Dd being run over. Toddlers running loose on pavements gives methe Henie jefe bird

OhDearNigel Sat 20-Apr-13 23:26:09

Wash, stupid autocorrect ! Gives me the Heebie Jeebies !

Dd is 8 and i put my hand stretched out over her chest whilst i walk just in front of her or i hold her wrist - i do it to dp, my mum, my friends etc too it's an ingrained habit from when my mum did it to me still does 99% of the time i do it in car parks and on roads it's better to have a whinging/embarrassed child than the alternative sad

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