The death of Maria Chapman has left many parents and lovers of children distraught over how something like this could happen to such a young child and not only by a family member, but in her own driveway. We are located in an apartment complex, but unfortunately, many parents in our complex allow their young children to play in the parking lots unsupervised. Or, they “watch” them from the balconies that we have while the kids are hundreds of feet away where, if something were to happen, they would not be able to reach them in time. I can’t count the amount of times i’ve almost had collisions with children playing in the parking lot and suddenly decided to pop out of no where. The parents around here seem to not even care. Hopefully this will open their eyes a little.
My main problem isn’t that the children are playing in this area, its that the parents aren’t there to supervise and make sure that their poor children don’t wind up in the hospital from a collision. We also have many areas here where their are open fields and children can run free without worrying about being run over. We also have a playground area and a pool area that are designated for the children to run and play but yet these irresponsible parents still allow them to play ball and jump rope and chase each other at full speed within the busy intersections of the complex.
I can only pray to the Lord that he will keep these children safe and not have the same thing that happened to Maria, happen to the children in my area. God willing, they will be safe.
Edit: I just realized that some of my readers might think that I am calling Maria’s parents irresponsible, which I am definitely not. I have been praying for this family since I read about the accident and will continue to. I am calling the so-called parents right here in my complex irresponsible for letting their children continue to play in very busy parking lots and not properly supervising them. Hope that clears things up.
For the readers that have children at home and live in a house, Meredith over at Like Merchant Ships has posted a few ideas she had about keeping her children safe while they play in the driveway.