"The day I left my son in the car"
This is a very powerful article and speaks to the rise of helicopter parenting and how small decisions can be criminalized these days. While I don't think what she did was her best parenting moment, I don't think it is criminal! There are parents I have seen who feed their toddlers Taco Bell every day or take 6 year olds to 10 pm showings of scary movies because they won't pay for babysitters. Those parents aren't criminals, and I would argue that what they are doing is far more harmful to the child! I'm not advocating leaving children in cars as a matter of course - obviously not - but I just think the reaction of the bystander and the police in this case was beyond the pale. What do you think?