It is a sad story we hear on the news far too often. A parent or grandparent has up and forgotten about their child, leaving them alone in a hot car. The rest of the story is usually tragic.
I, for one, do not judge. That is not up to me. It is between them, their family, and God. I never know the situation, what was going on, etc. My heart does, however, break for them as I can not imagine what they are all going through.
There is actually something that we, as parents and caregivers can do to help avoid this from happening to our kids. It is as simple as a teddy bear.
Take a bear and put it into the carseat when the child is not buckled in. Then, when you put your child into the seat, set the bear on the front seat next to you — by your purse or briefcase. You can even place it in your center console. Then, when you take the child out, put the stuffed bear back into the car seat. This way if you go to leave your vehicle and see the animal is NOT in the seat, you will double check and could avoid tragedy from striking you.
Please, do what you can to make sure that this doesn’t happen to those you care about. I truly can’t imagine the pain of going through something so terribly tragic.