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Cars, Car Seats, and Parking Lots

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I had a wonderful letter recently from a lawyer in Utah. His firm is putting together a coloring book to teach cars seat safety. How wonderful for this nice group of people to take the time , talent and treasure, to reach out and make a difference.

I hope everyone I know uses the right size carseat. I know as each of my grandchildren has reached their next weight milestone my cars seats have been converted. The expense is not much compared to their safety, and comfort!

Casi, one of my favorite blogging buddies often talks about talking to her child in the car. It is, a quiet one on one place, to point out neighborhood landmarks, that will help them be safer bikers and walkers as they grow up. It is also a place to talk quietly to a child when you would like them to think for a while. I often used the time for a "Teachable moment."

Another friend told me that her grandson , living in a new town is given a map in his carseat,
With the route drawn on it so he can "help" Mommy get to where they are going. He has learned the name of the routed streets, go left here, right here……he is four mind you, a great technique I think. It also is a wonderful way for a child to start to think outside his/her little box. These skills will be useful all of his life.

When exiting the car, safety comes back into play. Be careful, hold hands……a parking lot has backing cars, show a child how the back lights and tires show them a car is backing up. Also explain about the mirrors of the cars. They help drivers see, but there are blind spots. A driver in an older SUV might not see a child because of height behind a car! Tell them that it is up to them to be watching just as their Moms and Dads are doing. Being alert, is definitely a theme for me as you know…this is just one more area of life that can be thought about, a parenting plan put into place, and acted upon.

We didn't have much car safety as kids, we rode in the back of a station wagon. I am glad we were not all killed in a freeway pileup! Car safety is important. Thousands of children are killed yearly, because they were not belted or in a carseat. make sure your kids are the safe ones.

I am glad that i was asked to look over this new coloring book, and offer input, further,
I'm pleased that wonderful people are making coloring books, thinking about child and car safety,
It is nice to hear and I wish them success in helping to make our children safer.

Happy Sunday
And Happy Thanksgiving!
Drive Safely and
Teach Safety

Melinda
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Use,
What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century
To teach your students and children. Safety, is literally, for a lifetime. Teach them now.

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National Walk to School Day is Coming

Organize neighborhood walking pairs and groups.
Pay Attention to the behaviors around you.
Never have both earbuds in while walking.
Use the Safe and Sound Strategy!
If you walk home, to stay home on your own,
never show your key in your hand until you use it to enter your home.
Always check to make sure the home is secure before entering.
If you are not sure, seek a safe neighbor for help.
A parent can help manage the safety of their child by teaching safe
practices, pointing out the correct and designated route,
and telling children areas or homes to avoid.

brought to you by
TEACH SAFETY
BY Author Melinda Reynolds Tripp
What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century
Tate Publishing 2010

Safe Kids Worldwide is promoting safety for walkers with the following basic strategies-

Look left, then right, then left again when you cross the street.
Cross the street at the corner or at a crosswalk and obey all traffic signals.
Cross the street with an adult until you are at least 10 years old.
Walk on sidewalks or paths, not in the street.
Play in safe areas, away from streets, driveways and parking lots.
© 2013 Safe Kids Worldwide

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