Are We Sheltering our kids Just a bit Much?

Every year I have the wonderful annual pediatrician visit for the three munchkins and just like every previous year I leave dumbfounded with the things pediatricians recommend you do to “protect” your child.  I leave the children’s pediatrician’s visits wondering how the heck I ever survived and lived to talk about it. Seriously.

BOOSTER SEAT til 4’9″

Okay, I get it, you all want your child to be safe in the car and years ago many children could just bounce around unbuckled in the car. I am not for that. However, when my child is over 100lbs and is 57″ plus tall {that is 4’9″ right?}, I suppose she is a tad bit too big for a booster seat, right? Wrong. In NH, the child must be 4’9″ tall, who cares about the fact that the manufacturer places a weight limit of 100lbs on the booster seat, it’s all about the height.  I do not get it at all, yes the seat belt has to line up just right in the car, totally get that, but how is a child safer in a seat that is stuck to their butt and doesn’t seat them properly just because they have not quite reached the height? Guidelines, I agree to, however, each child is different and mine is about the size of a small adult, eh-hmmm for example my friend @mommadjane.

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Helmets for ALL Bike Riding

Seriously? Even at home, in the driveway? On the lawn? This is where I walked away looking like the “bad mom of the year” … no I do not require my children to wear bicycle helmets or any other protective gear when riding in the driveway or on the yard. Why? Bumps and bruises never hurt me, I scraped my knee all up bike riding on the ROAD without a helmet and gear, I survived, right? So will they. Now, if they were to go riding on trails or the roads, I would totally gear them up, but at home in our yard? Nope. Sorry. I just think we bubble up our kids too much and they will end up being “babies” so to speak, unable to handle any pain such as the minor bumps n bruises that most of us were able to experience back in the day.

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I Drive Slow. I Can’t Buckle a Pretend Seat Belt.

That’s it everyone, send me away, far far away …

My three year old wanted me to pretend play with him. He sat up two kids chairs and told me we were going for a ride to the car wash.

I sat down.

The three year old informed me that HE would be driving for Mama drives too slow and he drives super fast. I gave him a scared look and pretended that his fast driving is scary.

The three year old then told me to buckle up and so I did. Next thing I know I am being told by a three year old that I did not buckle the pretend seat belt correctly.

Can you please tell me how one can buckle with a pretend seat belt wrong?

Apparently I am capable of it for I did it not once, not twice but three times incorrectly before my daughter demonstrated how I am suppose to buckle up a pretend seat belt in which case I copied her and got the thumbs up from the three year old who took off vrooming all over the town to the car wash.

When all was said and done he said that was very very fun, but I swear I left the scene of pretend play land thinking something has to be seriously wrong with me if I can’t buckle up with a pretend seat belt correctly… geesh!

 

November is National Child Safety Protection Month

November is National Child Safety Protection month and is the time for you to think about your home safety levels. When I had my first child, nine years ago, I was told about electric outlet safety covers, door knob covers that children couldn’t open and baby gates plus so much more that it seemed overwhelming. With so many safety products on the market these days it seems parents don’t know what is too much and what is just enough. I believe that you can never be too safe with children around, but then I have seen people who go to extreme measures to keep their children safe.I say do whatever works for your family and comfort level but don’t confuse keeping children safe with having them live in a bubble that doesn’t allow for mistakes and growth.

The best ways to ensure all aged children are safe in your home is to :

  • Remember to replace batteries in your smoke detectors every October during Fire Safety month.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors inside of your home, extremely important during Winter season when running the furnace, but important to have all year round.
  • Test all locks on doors and windows, ensure children can’t get out of the windows and doors without you knowing about it.
  • Ensure your children are properly seated while riding in a vehicle in the correct seating device while wearing a seat belt or five point harness, whichever applies.

How you can help to educate other parents and participate in National Child Safety Protection Month:

  • Teach your children the safety of being a pedestrian while walking the streets with you.
  • Become a safety advocate and volunteer your time to ensure children are protected.
  • Spread the word through online media outlets; blog posts, social media & word of mouth to other parents about the importance of keeping our children safe.

Make sure that your child is protected in your home at all times. Allow children to have freedom to learn from mistakes without having the risk of killing themselves over putting things in electrical sockets or their hands on the oven, etc. Small mistakes that don’t have to happen can be deterred with the proper child safety products.

What are you doing to help ensure our future generation is protected?

The New School: Making Positive Thoughts

The first day of a new school and my daughter got into the car, well escorted because the new school actually escorts each child to their parents car. That’s kind of neat! Miss Ki was a tad bit upset as I let her brother sit in her seat so she had to sit in his and the seat belt frustrated her. We had to get her buckled fast and move on so the other parents in line could pick up their children and so I think Miss Ki just got overwhelmed and started freaking out. I leaned back and helped her buckle, telling her to slow down a bit, it’s okay.

Next thing I know I am bombarded with how bad school stunk and all they do is work and that she wants to go back to her old school. I figured this was simply due to the fact that she just got overwhelmed with the seat belt and lashed out in stress or what have you. I let the girl vent but kindly let her know that she has no choice on what school to go to, this is where we live now and it’s the first day so of course the first day with a new schedule is going to be hard.

Me, being the positive person I am, decided to have her think about what happened during her first day of school that she liked. Miss Ki made a few new friends, although reluctant to admit that to me. Miss Ki loves her teachers and thinks her new teacher is really nice. Miss Ki didn’t like that library time they do work, because at the old school all they did was clean book shelves and then get a book with some time to read the book then back to class or whatever. At this school they actually do school work, learning in the library and that to me, as a parent, is awesome!

We are a book loving family and so one would think Miss Ki would like that, but of course she isn’t used to it so she was a tad bit surprised is all. The new schedule is something to get used to but she certainly started to come out of her negative shell and now actually says she loves her new school. Today after school Miss Ki stopped with her Daddy and told me she loves school a lot and even has become really good friends with one girl in her classroom. The girl is a grandchild of one of my mother’s friends and the family is a really nice family!

I am happy that Miss Ki is giving this her whole heart and trying to find the positives in her new school! I bet this year will go by before we know it and I want her having fun, learning and making friends the whole way through!

Oh and what’s with school bullies? I swear kids can be so mean …. Miss Ki got called stupid at her first day of recess by some older kids, I think she said some were younger and some were older. I don’t really get angry with bullies, because they are going to be everywhere in life, I just tell Ki to make sure she lets the teacher know if another child is making her feel uncomfortable or upset and from there realize that she doesn’t need to associate with those kids if they want to be so negative. I feel that is what is best, but maybe you have some tips on bullies and how to teach your child to be confident enough to let the mean words slide off their shoulders?!

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NH Doesn’t Require Auto Insurance

Unless you have been in an accident or some other traffic violation, New Hampshire does not require you to have auto insurance, but does that mean you should drive without it? I think not! I enjoy living in New Hampshire because our state motto is “Live Free or Die”, however, it seems many are pushing to have seat belt laws changed, legal driving age changed, requiring helmets in state when driving a motor cycle and the list goes on.

Although I completely get the why behind some law changes, if we are a Live Free or Die state, then let’s stick to that motto. Last time I checked once you hit age 18 you are an adult and capable of making your own mistakes, if you choose not to have auto insurance at that time then so be it, it’s your right as a citizen of New Hampshire. I will admit that I don’t want to get into an accident with someone who doesn’t have auto insurance because then I am pretty sure they will be automatically at fault and pretty sure I would have to fight forever to get my vehicle fixed, unless my insurance pays for it, I don’t know.

Either way, I feel having an auto insurance plan is just as important as having a health coverage plan for yourself, you don’t want to get stuck paying out money to someone because you had an accident, now do you? So does your state require auto insurance at any level? I am assuming New Hampshire is probably the only state that doesn’t require auto insurance, but I could be incorrect.


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