An overhead shot of a family parking space


Parents Are Divided on Whether Their Designated Parking Spaces are Necessary

Aug 14, 2019

Playgrounds, play groups and family bathrooms — these are spaces for little ones and their caregivers.

And most people would agree with that.

But when it comes to designated parking for families, it seems there are people who don’t mind bending the rules.

Frustrated with perceived non-parents and caregivers occupying parking spaces intended for those with young kids, a blogger named The Honest Parent decided to sound off. On Facebook, of course.

She wrote, “A teenager is not a child. A 15-year-old that can just jump out of the car does not need to be parked here, protected from traffic. Maybe if they lifted their face from their phones for five minutes, they’d learn how to cross the road. God forbid your precious child has to walk more than 30 feet.”

She also believes parents who have empty car seats who use these spaces are “ignorant knob heads” and would prefer cars with two adults who can manage their kids use regular spots.

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Many parents agreed. In fact, the rant has been shared over 10,000 times and the original post has nearly 3,000 comments.

A lot of the comments are in strong support.

But some are saying that these spots are more a luxury and not something that anyone should feel entitled to.

One commenter talked about how he uses this space with his 84-year-old mother when they go shopping together. “Try telling me we are not parent and child,” he quipped.

Some took issue with the original post, noting how it doesn’t take into consideration parents who have children with “invisible disabilities such as high functioning autism”.

And some parents were convinced this is a “first world problem” because in their experiences as parents, they never had them.

The original poster on Facebook continued to say that her frustrations were rooted in the struggles of being a parent. For her, she likes these spaces because they are closer to the entrance, which means less roads to navigate with “unpredictable children who don’t fully understand the road yet.”

She also likes the space because it means she can put her kids into a car seat without hitting the car next to her.

Like any parenting discussion, there are a lot of opinions. Because there’s no one right way to parent (or park, it turns out).

But what do you think? Are these spaces a luxury or a necessity?

Or do you think like The Honest Parent, who ended her post by saying, “So don’t be a d**khead, don’t park here unless you need to.”

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