Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keeping Kids Safe in the Car

Keeping children safe in the car. Sadly, the news is reporting too many children left in car seats in the car. With one news organization saying to put your purse or cell phone next to your child. If that’s what it takes, then do it!

However, what does that say to us as parents that we must leave something next to our child, so we don’t forget them? What does it tell you that you would have to do anything like that? These questions should alarm you!

The bigger question is how parents have let life overtake the care of a child? That seemingly your cell phone is more important than your child because you need to leave it next to them, so you don’t forget your son or daughter in the car seat. Wow!

How about we as parents get present in the moment. That for the brief time we’re in the car we take time to drive carefully but be present at the moment with our child. Share a moment with your child. So, you want to convince yourself that you’re to busy for the 15 or 20 minutes in the car that you can’t talk to your child (infants are the exception).

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives. When we get into a car that is a responsibility especially when carrying precious cargo. Do whatever you have to do to be present at that moment in time. Put your purse, your cell phone, your laptop, whatever you have to do to remember your child. Ask yourself one thing; is my stuff more important than my child?

Talk to your child, sing to your child, play games in the car with your child. Those times you will remember for the rest of your life. Don’t let the memory be devastated by tragedy. Make the time in the car about your child, not about the life around you. If you can’t give that gift to your children, ask yourself why.

Get off the cell phone in the car. If you're texting in the car shame on you. At 55 MPH distracted for only 3 seconds, you will travel the distance of a football field. The call can wait! Distracted driving can cause tragedy for a simple text message. If you think you can't wait to send a text pull over and post it. 

We all need to slow down.