child minder

Marketing to people who are inept at multi-tasking
The Child Minder System will beep if you happen to get out of your car, having accidentally left your little urchin in the child seat. That's if you're not too scatter-brained to punch in the code in the first place. "All our lives are so busy," said a spokeswoman. "As a mom, you can get really distracted," said a mom. [Ed.: More marketing opportunities! What if you're so busy you forget which side of the road to drive on? What if you're so distracted, you park directly on the railroad tracks? Those people need devices, too, and they can just as well buy them from you!] WOAI-TV (San Antonio)
     Posted By: Chuck - Sat Aug 02, 2008

I read about a hundred horror stories about kids being left in cars when I was pregnant with my first. BIG mistake. But once I actually had to do the in/out of the car with her...I couldn't figure out how ANYONE could just forget all that hassle after a few minutes of driving!

Have you ever walked outside with a purse, diaper bag, carseat/baby, maybe even a cup of coffee?? No way was I gonna forget that mess once I got to where I was going. What I started doing, though...was walking the baby into the house, setting her into her pack n play...then using the car seat to carry all the stuff in.
Posted by Maegan on 08/02/08 at 12:00 PM
I think there is a difference between leaving an immobile child strapped in a SEAT in a HOT CAR & leaving a child behind in a crowd...My brother has gotten lost (not forgotten really), b/c he has wandered away ON HIS OWN. My mom didn't strap him to something & leave him behind. My uncle was left behind at a beach b/c during the roll call in the car on the way home someone said his number (they counted off from 1-6). Later, no one would admit to doing it...but my grandfather wouldn't have driven off unless he heard "six". When they went back, my uncle was sitting with another family eating cake.

Your keys are might think you placed them in a purse, bag, or pocket out of habit when you've really left them behind in the car. That's not quite the same as leaving your child behind.

I forgot to turn into the daycare on the way to work...but I didn't forget my child was in the car with me. I just got in with the flow of traffic & forgot to change lanes & turn.
Posted by Maegan on 08/02/08 at 02:17 PM
Yikes, this got a bit contentious. Taed, it seems to me that the fact that you worried about it at all shows you're a good dad. People screw up, people! It happens. It can be funny (like when my brother got lost on a hike when we were kids) or it can be tragic (hot car), or it can be something in between. We all do the best we can.

BTW, I'm selling my new product. It's a special rope that you can tie around your kid and your waist so you can never walk too far away. For those of you afraid of heading to work instead of day care, let me recommend the TomTom GPS with Mr. T voice. If you hear "I pity the fool who forgets daycare" more than once, you won't forget again. 😊
Posted by BikerPuppy on 08/04/08 at 02:16 PM
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