Since I published my first post about car seat safety for the #CarseatFullstop campaign, I’ve been amazed at the extreme perceptions and comments being received from the general parenting community in South Africa. Yes, for the most part, I have been encouraged. The majority of moms are genuinely invested in learning about the requirements of car seat safety for their children. They are asking every question they need to. ANYTHING that will help protect their child in the case of an accident. (YAY for you mamas!)
But oh my goodness gracious! There have been some pretty ridiculous people who have come out of the woodwork too. I have been lucky enough to have escaped their scorn and wrath. There are people who seem to be going out of their way to attack this campaign and all it stands for. Mothers that are trying desperately to strip it of it’s credibility, relevance and purpose. We are trying to protect children, provide people with the tools to keep their babies safe!
I’ve racked my brain for days trying to come up with a valid reason why any mother would not stand behind the values and purpose of a campaign like this. Who would rather focus on everything we can’t do, judge us on our own previous failings, than support us in what we are able to do and change.
And then I remembered the very reason why my fellow blogger Mandy Miller made it her mission to start a campaign like this in the first place.
She noticed how many moms (especially those with money at their disposal) were not strapping their kids in. It’s made me realise that ignorance is bliss and it goes hand-in-hand with a massive dose of stupidity. If there can exist a mom who doesn’t care to even strap her child in at all, there can exist a mom troll who will argue these PROVEN facts at any given chance.
*Disclaimer: This article is aimed at the middle to upper class citizens of SA. I realise that poverty stricken areas will need a much more hands on approach in helping moms on a larger scale travel safely with their babies. I also realise that many of these moms are travelling by taxi which make carseats almost impossible. (Something that very much pulls on our heartstrings and something we hope to see change in the near future!) We are simply referring to the average middle to upper-class mother who simply chooses not to follow these guidelines. Because she knows better, or lives with her head in the clouds. Or whatever.
This is what I want to say to these moms, the ones who feel the need to make us feel bad that we care enough and want to protect YOUR children, to bring awareness to this area of car safety in South Africa.
Be sure to SHARE!
You have the power to save a little life. One share, seen by one person, who straps in one child, saves a life. #CarseatFullstop