Protect Yourself from Leaving Your Child in Your Car

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It's a horrible situation that unfortunately occurs much more often than we think: children are left behind in cars when parents go to work, and during cases of extreme weather in the summer and winter months, children have died. It's a mistake that literally any sleep-deprived or off-schedule parent could make lest we think it couldn't happen to us. As Coffee with Julie quotes from a Washington Post article on the subject,

In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.  

What is a parent to do to protect themselves from finding themselves (and their child!) in this situation?  Coffee with Julie outlines five helpful steps you can take to safeguard against leaving your child behind in the car.

So, if you are a parent of a young child, these low-tech tips are for you. You might be starting a new job, or juggling life as a single parent, or simply so darn sleep deprived you are barely functioning. Whatever the reason, take some of these tips and put them into play until life quietens down a bit. Just in case. Just because.

Do you already do any of the tips Julie outlines in her post?  Any other tips that have helped you remember a quiet child in the backseat?


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Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.


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