UPDATE: I think this solution makes the most sense.
Yesterday in Atlanta, another child died because they were left in hot car. I was actually surprised because earlier that day on Facebook I saw some posts reminding people of the dangers of it, so I thought the news story was about reminding us to check. No, it wasn’t. It was another fatality. A parent forgot to drop the child off at daycare and went to work. Now before we go too far. This is not about us reprimanding or scolding the parent. This post is about coming up with solutions. Let’s review first how these things happen. Typically a parent (man or woman) drives the child to work and forgets they are there. Perhaps the child falls asleep in the car and never makes a peep. Perhaps the other parent does the buckling. Perhaps the child was crying all night and no one slept well. Maybe it’s dark when they are driving and don’t see the child in the rear view. Maybe both parents are overworked or on a deadline. There are million reasons and in this age of endless DISTRACTIONS, things happen. So let’s agree not to judge here. I suggest we as Moms come up with a solution. We are a creative bunch. Mom’s are resourceful. Mommy is making sandwiches with right hand, holding phone with her shoulder, wiping up apple juice with her foot and loading the dishwasher all at the same time.
NOTE IF YOU ARE NOT A MOM, I STILL INVITE YOUR PARTICIPATION!
Call this a “group think” among Moms. Now I realize that maybe by luck one of our answers may turn into a REAL solution if it was to fall in the right hands. I am sorry if someone steals it, but who cares, you saved lives right?
Did you know if you think about a problem, there are usually at least 5 ways to solve it?
Yes! You may think there is only one way to handle something but I have learned if you think hard enough you usually can come up with 5 choices, even when you think you only have 1.
MOM GROUP THINK
Problem: Baby/Child Left in Car During Work/Not Dropped off at Day Care
Challenge: Come Up With 5 (or 1) Ways To Solve This
Limitations: No limitations, do not be mentally blocked by ‘this would be too expensive’, ‘unrealistic’, ‘unfeasible’ (we are brainstorming not manufacturing anything yet). Don’t limit your mommy creativity!
PS No making fun or criticizing ideas here, again, that will limit us.
Here are my top 5 I came up with over my morning coffee. 1) Create a weight sensor that triggers alarm (external) if car is not motion for 20 minutes and weight is in seat. 2) Every time car ignition is turned off an alarm sounds until button is pushed physically on the car seat. 3) Create system where if child doesn’t show up at daycare by say 9am, emails and texts are sent to parents. 4) Weight sensor and GPS, alarm sounds if weight is in car seat and car arrives at parent’s work destination. 5) Make a habit of placing your cell phone and purse or wallet on floorboard in front of child every morning. You won’t walk into work without that cell phone!