Carseats are not optional. They might be inconvenient, a drag, a delay or an expense – but they are NOT optional.
One of the most common excuses I hear from parents is that the kids don’t like being in a carseat. They scream or have tantrums and they just can’t deal with it every time they get in the car. And I can totally relate. My own kids went through a phase of screaming when being strapped in (sometimes for the entire journey). When you’re sleep deprived and overworked this can be too much for your frazzled nerves to handle. Still not optional.
YOU are the parent, and there are times that you need to put your foot down. There are going to be many more moments in your parenting journey where your kids will not be happy with the decisions that you make, and the sooner they understand that you are the parent and it is your job to keep them safe whether they like that or not, the better. If you can’t handle that, then you have a very difficult few years ahead of you.
Around 2 400 kids die every year on SA roads.
That’s 200 per month, that is probably the same amount of kids in your child’s grade – maybe even their entire school. Picture them all being wiped out in one month. Now you get the scale of the problem. It is more than a tragedy, it is a catastrophe.
I don’t have a soulful story to tell you, I am not going to touch your heart and bring a tear to your eye, I can’t win you over with a tale of lessons learnt – I’m going to shock some sense into you – and I am not sorry for that. I’ll be that crazy lady winding down her window screaming at you in public for not buckling up your child. I will give you crazy eyes and judge you to the gates of hell.
Watch the below crash test simulation video if you are unsure – it will show you clearly what will happen should you be in an accident and your children are not buckled up safely.
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