Thursday, June 22, 2006

Lazy Parenting

I'm sick of this. I'm so tired of seeing people put their children at risk for various reasons, I'll start with what has me "hot" right now.

Carseats/booster seats. This is NOT the government trying to control parents, this is about child SAFETY and well the fact is there are parents out there that just do NOT have the common sense to understand the importantance of childseats and booster seats. Study after study have been done. I have a friend who's retired California Highway Patrol...she said she saw far too many children injured or killed because of inproper childseats or not having them in them when they should be. The facts are...8 yrs or 80 lbs and they should be in a booster seat. It may seem they're "too old" at 8 yrs old, sorry I just don't think keeping my children as safe as possible as an "age" issue. I don't care if other kids don't have to be in a bosster seat, etc. This is about their SAFETY. Seatbelts are tested on MEN 175 lb men on average....I don't know personally any 8 yr old or younger child who's as tall as the average man or 175 lbs...there for the seat belt is NOT going to fit them correctly.

So what has me so hot, obviously seeing children inproperly restrained. A friend of mine had her 3 yr old daughter just sitting in the seat without a booster seat. She was in her mom's vehicle on the autobahn (interstate, but a lot faster speeds). The younger sister had been pushed while we were at playmobil fun park yesterday and mom and little sis ended up spending the night at the hospital, and another friend drove mom's vehicle back along with the 2 children she was taking care of (she's a childcare provider). Her job ticks me off more about the fact that she did not have her daughter restrained correctly also. There is just no excuse, none. She also had a 5 yr old just sitting in the seat. Jacob's 5 and definately in a boster seat and will be until he's 8 yrs old or 80 lbs. I want him to be as safe as possible when in our van, call me crazy. I'm sorting out in my head how I'm going to talk to my friend about this issue. It IS going to come up.

I know my friend loves her children. I don't doubt that, but this is just unacceptable. Please pray for me as I approach this subject with her. Pray I stay calm.

Ok, I'm off to bed. Time to do my devotion and spend some quality time focusing on GOD and getting my heart and mind where it needs to be.

6 comments:

jckfrstross said...

there is no excuse for not having your child in a booster seat. praying that you can talk to this lady and make her understand how important it is:)

Deb

scotthlori said...

Yeah, I just don't understand some people ....

Let's home she does the right thing before it's too late.  :o(

Lori

tpiez4me said...

Yikes, you're right.  I see it here too, kids riding in adult laps.  Bad parenting.  There are enough agencies (salvation army, church organizations, goodwill) that can get you decent child seats.
Sharon – http://journals.aol.com/tpiez4me/CoastalComfort

fairylaura said...

You know, I come across this stuff a lot. My friends and family back home stop using carseats and boosters at the age of 4.. IF THAT! To them it's not that big of deal. HOWEVER, when they would try to say "Take so and so with you." Mine and Adrian's response was "Where's the carseat?" or "Where's the booster?" and they get upset about it. I'm sorry, but if something were to happen and they don't have a booster or carseat.. it will be MY FAULT. They just don't understand that. Adrian's SIL even had a 4 DAY OLD BABY without a carseat... in HER ARMS!!!!!! I was shocked.

Laura

fairylaura said...

You know, I come across this stuff a lot. My friends and family back home stop using carseats and boosters at the age of 4.. IF THAT! To them it's not that big of deal. HOWEVER, when they would try to say "Take so and so with you." Mine and Adrian's response was "Where's the carseat?" or "Where's the booster?" and they get upset about it. I'm sorry, but if something were to happen and they don't have a booster or carseat.. it will be MY FAULT. They just don't understand that. Adrian's SIL even had a 4 DAY OLD BABY without a carseat... in HER ARMS!!!!!! I was shocked.

Laura

deshelestraci said...

I see it here all the time and it makes me nuts.  It is all I can do not to say something.  
Traci