There are times when it’s hard to determine whether to intervene in the lack of parenting of others. When a child is in harm’s way, it’s even tougher to hold our tongues.
While waiting for our bags at the Kansas City airport, a man with two little—really little–kids were also waiting for their bags. He was traveling alone. No other adult to parent him.
The toddlers were sticking their fingers on the baggage carousel while it was in motion. One kid even sat on the edge with his backpack hanging on the moving carousel, just ripe for getting caught up and carried to certain harm.
The dad? He was…..
OMG! What a freakin’ idiot! I stood there in the midst of a dilemma. Do I do something? Do I say something? I tried to capture the toddler’s attentions, but you know, I was a stranger and sticking fingers in the carousel is much less scary than speaking to a stranger.
Thankfully, they were not harmed, but the father could use some lessons. Just as texting is not a good idea while driving, it also applies to parenting.