When you know better, you should do better…unfortunately this isn’t always the case. I will never understand the parent who is told “your child is not safe in their carseat currently…this is how you correct it and this is why” and then choose to ignore the advice of both, other seasoned parents and certified professionals and continue to put their child’s life in danger in a giant metal death trap. Are you trying to prove a point…with your child’s life?
For every 10 people who thank me for my carseat advice…there is that 1 who goes crazy pants nuts on me for it. I never understand when people flip out on me for caring enough to try to keep their child safe. I absolutely know that many parents are never given the correct information and just DON’T KNOW they are doing anything wrong. I was a first time parent once, and I know I certainly wasn’t told about correct carseat safety, and I wish to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that someone had told me I was strapping my kid in wrong…and that forward facing my 1 year old child was a bad idea. Yes, you heard it here folks….I forward faced my oldest at 1. I listened to my Dr when he told me he was FINE to go forward facing. I didn’t question the fact that Dr’s are NOT carseat experts and in general know little to nothing about carseat safety….except to recommend what the AAP recommends. Asking a Dr for carseat advice is like asking a roofer for electrical advice and then being shocked when your house blows up.
People ask me why I care so much…what does it matter to ME if another child isn’t strapped in properly. It’s their kid…why do I care? I care because KIDS DIE IN CAR ACCIDENTS. I care because I KNOW that I can help that child to be safer and likely NOT die in something so very dangerous. I care because of children like Kassandra Gandarilla (click to visit news story) who died Saturday in a car accident because she wasn’t strapped in properly. Her mother (who lived, as well as everyone else in the car) will have to live with that fact for the rest.of.her.life. Is that something YOU could live with for the rest of YOUR life? Willful ignorance is unacceptable when it comes to the life of children. Carseat safety is not a parenting choice…it’s not a “personal choice” and it’s not something up for debate. It’s.A.Fact. The decisions you make in the car directly affect the life, or lack thereof…of your child, if something were to happen. You can be the safest driver in the world…but that 19 year old drunken idiot coming home from a party, is not.
Make wise choices with your kids in the car. If even 1 child is saved from me giving someone unsolicited carseat advice, it will make dealing with the crazy pants wack-a-loons all worth it.
~ The Squished Hippie