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Have you ever accidentally left your child somewhere?

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By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK 

Finally! Victoria Beckham and I have something in common (you know, besides the three-boys-and-a-baby-girl thing). The Posh designer and new mom admitted recently that she drove halfway to her son's school to drop him off before realizing said he wasn't in the car. She had remembered the baby, her iPod, and that there was school that day... but she'd forgotten the schoolboy himself.

Oh, Vickie, I have so totally done that! Thanks to a miscommunication between my husband and I about who was taking the kids home from the gym, our second got left there. Fortunately we figured out our error... when the gym manager called and put our son on the phone.

I'm not proud, but I am relieved that I'm not the only mom who's accidentally left a kid somewhere. Whether you have or you haven't, these stories are pretty funny. (It's okay to laugh now, right?):

"I dropped both boys off at school earlier this year only to find out my kindergartner didn't have school that day. My cell was vibrating the entire time I was at Target-but I did not recognize the caller ID and ignored. When I finally got the message, it was time for his 1/2 school day to be over. Yep." -Stacey

"I locked one in the car at the gas station. I had to leave her in the car while a worker drove me home to get a spare key to open it. (Another worker stayed right outside the car by my daughter.) I was pregnant at the time so I blame it all on that!" -Nicole
3. "We drove separately to the gym one morning. I left early to go run errands, and we agreed to meet at Target to swap kids. When he got there, we discovered he'd left our ten-year-old at the gym. He thought she left early with me, but she wanted to stay and I forgot to tell him. Oops!" -Michelle

4. "I almost left my new baby in the car overnight. Luckily a neighbor noticed me and asked where my baby was (she had seen me leave with the baby). I was so tired and she had been so quiet that I just plumb forgot." -Lizzy

5. "And this is why I peek into cars when I walk through parking lots-to look for kids locked inside!" -Michelle 

6. "I wanted to take my son to the dog park. When I got there I asked my extremely quiet son to hand me the dog leash. To my astonishment he didn't answer. I turned around to see his booster seat empty. Thank God his father was home so I called and he was fine. Good thing I didn't forget my dog...." -Taylor

"At church. ALL the time!" -Justine

"I once lost my youngest inside the house. After an extensive search of my home and the surrounding areas (assuming he'd gotten loose) and yelling for him the entire time, I finally returned to his bedroom and found him buried under a pile of blankets and stuffed animals, fast asleep." -Kerri

"I am an amazing parent, so of course I would never do anything like that. You should, however, ask my mom if she ever left her only daughter at a McDonald's on the interstate in Indiana." -Megan

10. "I just knew Megan would not pass up a chance to rub salt in the wound yet again! And it wasn't just me who forgot her. It was her dad and her four brothers too. Just sayin'!" - Megan's Mom

Have you ever accidentally left a child somewhere?

Posted by Anonymous on May. 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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by Sapphire Member on May. 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM
Ive never forgotten any of my kids anywhere.
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by on May. 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Nope. I have never forgotten any of my kids anywhere... 

by Anonymous 2 on May. 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM
Yup. I left my son at therapy at our local elementary school and completely forgot to pick him up until a couple of hours later when I picked up my DD at school and she asked me where her brother was. I rushed to therapy to pick him up and the therapist as well as the principal of the school said it was so out of character for me to even be late, that they had contacted the hospital and the sheriff's office because they were sure I had to have been in an accident. Thank goodness for small towns:)
by Daggy on May. 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM
by Platinum Member on May. 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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no, i have never misplaced my kids.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

i dont forget my daughter because im not a moron.

by Ruby Member on May. 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Nope. Never. 

by Anonymous 3 on May. 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM
The closest I ever got to this was when my oldest was in daycare. A close friend of mine her Mom was in the hospital on life support. I was sitting with her letting her just talk and cry. I happened to look at the clock and realized it was 5 minutes before closing. As I ran to my car I was calling letting them know I was on my way.
by on May. 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Yikes, I can honestly say I've never forgotten my DD.  I freak out any time I look in my rear view mirror and don't see her in her booster.  My heart skips a beat until I remember where she is.  She is with me almost all the time so when she isn't, I freak out.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I haven't. But, my parents accidentally left me in a restaurant when I was like 5 weeks old. My mom left thinking my dad had me, my dad left thinking my mom had me. They met up in the grocery store and oops, no newborn. Thankfully it was a small town and the restaurant owners knew my parents well and just brought me behind the counter. I wish I could have seen them walking back in to claim their forgotten infant haha.

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