Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Car seat safety

I'm a fanatic when it comes to child safety. And even worse when it comes to car seat safety. I just can't see any reason to have a young child, 3 years old and 30 pounds in a booster seat, especially when there are so many inexpensive choices available and the research is so clear. It has even been suggested that adults retrofit their cars so they can have a 5-point seatbelt, just like the race car drivers. Even airplane pilots use a 5-point seatbelt.

So when I see a child NOT in a seat it drives me absolutely insane. It child-abuse, plain and simple. An adult is making a choice of convenience that could kill a child.

Hot Shower

Caskey has been taking his EMT classes for the last several weeks. That has left me home alone Monday through Friday from 7 am until Midnight. I have been grabbing 5 minute showers while the kids are watching television and the 'climber' is buckled into his high chair.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Mother's Day Message

Grab your tissue!
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Being A Mom...
Anonymous


We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations."

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable. I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.