What’s with these "tanning moms" who are finding themselves in trouble with the law? Have they tanned one too many brain cells?
First there was the overly-bronzed New Jersey mom who has been banned from more than 60 tanning salons and stands accused of second-degree child endangerment charges after allegedly taking her 5-year-old into the tanning booth, causing skin burns to the child.
And locally, an Elizabethtown woman faces charges of endangering the welfare of children after she allegedly left her 6-year-old and 10-month-old in an idling car while she went into a tanning salon.
What is wrong with these mothers?
Now I'm just guessing here, but I bet you our local mom remembered to take her iPhone and purse into the tanning salon for fear they might be stolen.
Oh, I could rant on for days on how wrong this is, but I doubt it would make any difference. So instead, I offer a suggestion.
Many years ago I came across two simple sentences that illustrate the importance of being a vigilant and mindful parent: "Think of your child as one million dollars in cash. If you wouldn't feel safe leaving that stack of money unattended, then you definitely shouldn't leave your child there."
Maybe we could pass a law that requires hospitals to hand this out to every new parent and, just to be sure, force the new parents to read it out loud. Who knows? It just might work.