Kids are required to be in appropriate car seats or boosters just about until they’re in college. So why is it that 90% of states have no laws on the books about minimum age requirements for passengers of ATVs and off-highway vehicles? All that most states are willing to say is that passengers have to wear helmets and that they need a foot peg or rest to rest their feet on. Legally speaking, a five-year-old who is legally required to sit in a booster seat in Mom’s minivan is totally fine clinging to the back of an off-road motor vehicle with nothing more than a footrest and a helmet for safety. Guess how well that plays out in practice? More
Topic: child safety
Parents in Milford, Connecticut are up in arms after their school board decided that 200 students in the district would now have to walk to school rather than take the bus. Not uphill both ways, not past Mr. Jolly’s Home For Repeat Sex Offenders, just walking through their neighborhood on sidewalks and such.
All of our grandparents are turning in their graves. All of them. More
When I was a kid, for whatever reason, my mother and grandmothers started giving me porcelain dolls as gifts for Christmas or my birthday. I was maybe five years old at the time and I remember being a little confused- it’s a doll, but I can’t play with it? Those creepy effing dolls numbered maybe seven or eight total by the time I was 10 years old and just stood atop my tall dresser on display. This dresser was right next to my bed so those unholy, deadened eyes were staring at me all night as I slept. More
When you become a parent, there are several annoying things you need to deal with – one is constantly carrying a little human when you are out. It’s not that hard to take an infant out of a carseat. Take him out, bring him into the store with you. It’s not rocket science. When you become a parent, you have to choose safety over convenience. More
Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency. This may sound familiar, Graco had a similar recall recently – the largest one ever. They recalled over four million seats. Both companies are willingly sending out replacement buckles – as they should. My only question is – how do you make a buckle that is resistant to grime and food particles? Is it even possible? Do you think we need to tell parents to occasionally take apart the seats and rinse the buckles out if they are allowing kids to eat in the backseat? More
A Florida sheriff’s office announced the arrest of 26 men today, accused of using the Internet to line up dates for sex with children. The men – whose ages ranged from 19 to 51 – all showed up at a house expecting to be meeting children. One of the most shocking parts of the story? The 26 arrests took place in the last five days. That it is so easy to round up that many predators in such a small amount of time makes my head spin. More
As attentive and quick as I am, my toddler is like a mini ninja at stuffing small objects into his mouth and then clamping down so tight I need a flashlight, magnifying glass and the jaws of life to see what he’s chomping on. I’m learning that kids are sturdier than they look, but there are still things he gets a hold of that freak me out.
I knew Diane Sawyer’s special on kids and guns that aired Friday night was going to disturb me. I’m really afraid of guns and the thought of having one in a house with kids terrifies me. I just didn’t realize what was going to disturb me most of all – that gun-owning parents seem to have an unrelenting faith that their kids either don’t know where their guns are, or have no interest. Wrong. More
We thought we would do a little round-up of the ways you can safely decorate your homes for the holiday. Congratulations! Your stupid, ravenous child killed Christmas. Welcome to your barren holiday-scape. More
It’s easy to point fingers and say “bad parent!” but it’s also easy to forget that it’s probably safe to assume no one loves this little girl more that her parents, right? If they aren’t concerned – why are you? Pink took to Twitter to defend her husband. More
When I was a kid we never wore bike helmets. We also jumped in our parents’ cars and sat on floor of the backseat, unrestrained. Times change – and as we figure out how dangerous certain behaviors are, we should aim to correct them. A new study shows we are really failing at keeping kids safe on bikes. More
I have what I think is an irrational fear of my child choking. I cut his food into ridiculously small pieces, I scan every new home we visit for small items, and I stare at him intently when he’s eating. I was hoping this was one of those parenting paranoias that I would grow out of – but it hasn’t happened yet. It may never happen – since I read a story this morning about a child who choked on his pacifier. His whole pacifier. More
This is all just absurd. As I said above I feel awful for any parent who has had a child seriously injured, but coming from my own childhood spent playing with balls and surrounded by balls, I would want my kids growing up the same way. More
There is a new list out citing all the most dangerous foods to give your kids broken down by age group. Including breast milk and formula. Which is bizarre to me, because technically how can a baby actually choke on great milk or formula? I have nursed my children and had them sort of gag on my milk when my let-down was acting all plentiful but I usually just gently burped them or rubbed their back while they sputtered and they were fine. More