“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Or maybe growing up in a heavily Mediterranean-influenced part of the country.  But I kind of lean toward the Spanish views on childrearing.

Let me make one thing very clear.  I am in no way blaming Madeleine McCann’s parents for the abduction of their child.  My heart goes out to them and I pray that she is returned to them safely.  I cannot even contemplate that nightmare.

But, I did have a teensy WTF moment.  Despite the fact the my mother left us alone in the car all the time while she went into the grocery store (hey, it was Rochester, no chance of heat stroke there), I could never, ever, under ANY circumstances, leave my two-year-old son alone in a hotel room.  Ever.  Even with a four-year-old present.  In fact, especially with a four-year-old present.  I can’t even imagine a situation where it would sound like a good idea. 

As a general rule – if it is a place I wouldn’t take my son, it isn’t somewhere I generally want to be anyway. 

May 17th, 2007 at 3:27 pm
5 Responses to “Must be that Spanish education…”
  1. 1
    Ariadne Says:

    I’m with you. I still won’t leave mine alone in a hotel room. The place could catch fire or something. Okay, eventually I’m going to have to loosen up, but not yet!

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    jodi Says:

    Md (where I live) is one of two states that have a law against leaving children under the age of 8 alone. B/c I work for child welfare, I have a very slanted view on this. But, I can’t believe more states don’t have this law.

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    Suz Says:

    Let’s see. We’ve been invited to our neighbor’s house for dinner and it’s never crossed my mind to leave the kids sleeping in our house while we ate with them. Never ever. I can’t imagine ever leaving them in a hotel room alone – they would either come with us or we would get a sitter.

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    Sheila Says:

    WTF is right! What about oh beans up the nose? You know four year olds like to explore and the twins? well they can be fed all sorts of funny stuff by big sis.
    How many kids do you know that have a homemade haircut from a sib? heck you turn your back and they eat/drink/spill/poke something they’ve been told a zillion times not to touch and that is on the high shelf.

    What if she tried to go swimming.

    this is truly tragic and one of the MANY reasons not to leave the kids alone.

  5. 5

    That’s a pretty good general rule for both parenting and life in general.