When I am in a store, I always notice when parents/guardians are or are not paying attention to the small ones in their carts. To me it is usually scary: the parents are distracted with shopping; the kids are precariously perched on the very edge of the cart – with reflexes appropriate to their age. It is a disaster waiting to happen.
But, I haven’t actually seen any kids fall and hit the ground. A few times I have taken some sort of action and may have prevented a fall but, as with much in the way of prevention, there isn’t much focus on what doesn’t happen.
Today, I asked the gal at the check stand if kids do fall out of carts very often. She said that it does not happen too often but, when it does, “It makes a horrible sound.”
I am not a parent so I have to be careful. But it seems to me that the adults should be able to out smart a child, one way or the other. Here in the office I tell the kids that there is a treat for them on the way out – if they are good. Several have tested me, and left without the samples of JuicePlus+ Chewables that their siblings/the other kids got. That only happens one time.
Whatever excuse a parent gives for not paying attention to the kid in the cart, it won’t balance the damage that could be done to the child if they fall out onto that tile floor and land on their head or face. Small lives matter.
Safety matters. Prevention pays!