6 Places Never to Bring Your Toddler

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needleWelp, another day, another foolish couple dragging a toddler someplace where toddlers just do not belong. I'm not talking about a spa or a fancy restaurant. I mean this couple who brought their 1-year-old to do a drug deal.

Couple Michael Damon and Rebecca McAlister were found in a South Carolina home with their child when police responded to a report of an overdose. Damon and McAlister told the police that they had brought the toddler with them to swap drugs and to shoot some heroin. Police say the child was inappropriately dressed for the cold and was in distress. Good Lord.

So that's bad idea number 1. Not to be too flippant, but I think we all learned an important lesson here, folks. If you're fixin' to do a drug deal and shoot up some heroin, do the responsible thing and find a good babysitter for your child! Of course this is not the first time adults have brought a small child with them on the worst conceivable errand ever. Remember these?

2. The mom who brought her toddler along to rob a bank. She left her 3-year-old in the car with the motor running, because you might as well go all the way if you're going to screw up as a parent.

3. The couple who brought their child along for armed robbery. If it's a bad idea to bring your kid to rob a bank, it's even worse to bring your kid to commit armed robbery.

4. The dad who brought his 9-month-old to a hook-up with a prostitute. But it gets worse. Another man busted in on the tryst, got into a fight with the dad, and ended up shooting him. Fortunately (I guess?) the bullet just grazed him. Baby was unharmed.

5. The parents who take their 5-year-old swimming with the sharks. We're all split on this one. Some people think this couple is crazy -- maybe even abusive. Others of us thought as long as it's in a safe environment and everyone's a skilled swimmer, it's actually a cool experience for a kid.

6. The parents who brought her toddler to a protest. You can expect some protests to be peaceful. Some are organized by parents, for families. But protests can also be unpredictable. Parents who brought a toddler to protest tax hikes at a community college probably thought the police would be careful around them.

Where are the worst places you can think of to bring a toddler?


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the4m... the4mutts

This was all fine and dandy, or, whatever, until I hit #4. Wtf? Whats next? Dont take your kids younger siblings to Sandy Hook School, because even though they didnt know a shooting would happen, the potential for a young toddler to disrupt a classroom is present?

That was in incredibly poor taste. And I know poor taste, as I exhibit it on a regular basis. If I, of all people, think its bad... damn. I cant imagine how bad normal people must think that is.

the4m... the4mutts

Oh, and I get that you put in "a lot of heartless people", I assume to insinuate that youre not one of them. But it being on the list of places not to take your kids... ugh.

Rosas... RosasMummy

the4mutts as usual is correct. what a nasty and offensive (I do not usually use that word) thing to write or think

Flori... Floridamom96

I do believe I love you, mutts.

the4m... the4mutts

Dont tease me, Floridamom, i fall in love so easy *bats sad eyelashes* lol

tuffy... tuffymama

^ Ditto.

What hurts my heart and enrages me about these kinds of stories is, I have friends who are good people who have tried and tried to have children. Why couldn't any of these children have been born to good people who love and want kids? It's just so unfair and so heartbreaking that kids are born to people who cannot and/or will not care for them, when good parents go childless.

corri... corrinacs

I know what you mean tuffymama.  I was one of those parents going "why the heck do they get kids, but we can't have any of our own without depleting our savings accounts :/".  Life just isn't fair.  My DH and I have a theory.

The more deadbeat you are, the more fertile you are LOL

nonmember avatar Beth

Then call me heartless bc I would NEVER take a young child to a PG-13 movie at midnight. If that parent had been doing what they were supposed to be doing then her daughter would still be alive. Do I feel sorry for her? Yes. Very sad. But, make better, more responsible choices. A child does not need to be out that late watching something innapropriate for them. They need to be home in bed. Period.

Smmeyn Smmeyn

Protests? Taking your child to a non violent demonstration is a very good life lesson. Teaching them to care about something other than themselves in a very concrete way, the sense of community...

I went to protests as a child. I am very grateful.

rhps2000 rhps2000

Wow, Beth. That's harsh. You sound like you've never made a mistake. Some mistakes are terribly tragic, but don't get hurt falling off that high horse.

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