When my kids were inquisitive toddlers [and they didn't have a mother around to care] I kept everything harmful to them well out of sight and reach, or I locked it away in a cupboard to which I had the only key[s[.... and like my wallet, my keys were always in my pocket.
As a single parent I had to be more vigilant and responsible, and I was, but I don't care who you are, you cannot watch your children every moment of their waking lives... it's just not possible. I know that my kids would wait until I was busy vacuuming or something to sneak off and get into mischief. It's only be when I turned of the vacuum cleaner, and everything was unusually quiet, that I'd figure something was up. Luckily, I made the home as safe as I could, so it was usually something less ominous, though still naughty.... like taking a cake out of the fridge and hiding under their beds while they ate it.
For the most part, though, my kids were pretty good when growing up... not that I can say the same for my son now. While I will always love him, he has become somebody I do not like and find hard to tolerate. I'll not go into all that here, but suffice it to say that he became the complete opposite of how I raised him.
There's a fine line to be drawn when it comes to saying that parents are entirely responsible for (and should be entirely accountable for) the behavior/actions of their children. Some of the finest people I know have had children who made their lives miserable by acting out in nefarious ways. Also know some who virtually neglected their children, only to have them turn out to be fine people & model citizens.
Exactly! I have a daughter I raised with the same love and discipline, etc, and she has become a great and mother who does her best. She is doing it tough at the moment, but she's not out stealing or dealing drugs to get out of it. No, she is much better than that and thanks me for all I did to help her become who she is today. I see her and the grandkids regularly and I do what I can to help, so I'm happy.
Anyway, getting back to the OP, I believe companies who make harmful to children products should be responsible for making then less attractive to tots... and to make them more 'childproof' with less easy to open caps/lids, etc. It's like Alana said, we are all connected and should all play our part to provide safety for our children.
As for the "lazy" and 'stupid" parents some here have criticised and/or condemned, not all parents whose children get injured, poisoned or into mischief are necessarily stupid or lazy. Like I said before, nobody can watch their kids 24/7.... and accidents happen... often at the most inopportune times when one's back is momentarily turned. Having said that, however, there are some stupid, lazy and neglectful parents who should never have children. I cannot excuse those parents who leave their unsupervised kids in cars [hot or otherwise] while they are off doing whatever... or those who leave their kids home alone and expect the eldest to be mother, father and supervisor all at once.
I once knew a woman who'd leave her 4 youngest under the supervision of her 10 year old daughter while she went to the pub drinking and gambling on poker machines. I told her: "Do it once more and I go to the authorities." She did so I did. The kids were taken off her, but instead of cleaning up her act to get he kids back, she continued to drink, gamble and slut around. She eventually drank herself to death... not that she was a great loss to those kids. The eldest was 30 something when I last saw her, and she thanked me for what I did, saying the she and her brothers and sister are doing akay after being kept together and growing up on a farm with 2 loving foster parents.
Sometimes there's a happy ending.