We hear about it every summer. The tragic story of a child left alone in a locked car in the heat of the day. We’re all guilty of sitting back and asking what kind of parent would allow such a thing to happen, but the truth of the matter is that it could happen to any of us. Most of these stories begin with an off-schedule day where one of the parents has the child on a day they normally don’t, and in the rush of their schedule, they forget they even have that child in the backseat.
Dallas Morning News writer Destiny Delarosa recently wrote an article about forgetting her child was in the car with her until her son kicked the back of her seat. All of this brought the question to mind: what can we do to remind ourselves of the child in our car?
One suggestion was to put your child’s toy in the front seat with you as a reminder that your child is in the car with you. Another tip was to put your purse or work bag in the backseat next to your child so that you have to go to the backseat to retrieve both your stuff and your child.
Other suggestions included having a mirror that reflected the face of your child into your rear view mirror and writing a reminder on the windshield in dry erase marker. Some smart phones have location-based reminders, a reminder set for the address of the day care or your work location to make sure you didn’t forget as you passed the day care or as you rolled into the parking lot at work.