Monday, March 25, 2013

She believed the rhetoric

When was the last time you heard someone say "It takes a village to raise a child"? Not long ago I bet. Or "... children are a community responsibility". All the time. These are OUR children we are told.

And that's what the mother of a baby left in a Porirua Pack'n.Save carpark thought too. Baby all tucked up and sleeping peacefully, she left a note asking anyone who saw it wake ring her cellphone.

But wait now for the howls of outrage from the collectivists....

9 comments:

Regan J Cunliffe said...

Here here!

Manolo said...

100% right!

unsolicitedious said...

Lindsay are you saying that the mother was right to rely on what she hope would be the village backing her up or that the village did the right thing by addressing a poor parenting choice & keeping watch over the car until she came back?

Lindsay Mitchell said...

Mother was wrong to rely on village.
Village was right to step in because of her lack of personal responsibility. Consistent with my views on welfare, it's wrong to force your assumed responsibility onto others.

Anonymous said...

What if the baby had woken, idstressed, no one around to phone the mother.
What if there is an earthquake etc.
The mother was wrong, she was laving everything to chance.
Hot car/thieves/unforseen, baby without carer near at all.

Anonymous said...

sorry re the typos,but you get my drift.

unsolicitedious said...

My thoughts exactly. I asked because I had debated this same issue with Regan on WO & his comment above suggested to me that you were saying the opposite....which I thought odd given how long I have been reading your blog! :-)

Tracey said...

I have done this for up to 5 minutes about 26 years ago.Cant believe i did this now.It was slack (bringing up young ones is exhausting).It is not safe at all.There are too many things that can go wrong.Nice idea(not waking a sleeping baby) but not safe.

valeriedavies.com said...

hat has me puzzled - did anyone take car number or contact the police etc, to have words with the irresponsible mum?