>While I was at Kinzi’s house today letting Little Kinzi and Butterbean play, I was mentioned my participation in some on-line parenting Boards. One of the stories of a child four days younger than Butterbean touched me deeply and it occurred to me that it might help some people here. As many of you are likely aware, in the US, we are somewhat fanatical about the use of car seats. Car seat laws are in place in all of the states to varying ages. I know that Arab parents here who have their children in car seats often get funny looks, comments, and what not. In the spirit of public education, I though I’d share this video with everyone here who’d care to watch. This is a video made in memory of Butterbean’s contemporary. He was killed when his belt-positioning booster seat (not as sturdy as a standard car seat) came free and he was ejected from their family minivan in a crash. This video has been extremely widely viewed in the US and Canada (over 1.5 million views so far). The link is here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azgBhZfcqaQ. My hope is that seeing what can happen to your children without the protection of a car seat and 5 point harness may help illustrate to readers here why we crazy Americans go nuts over this. As one of my on-line friends says, it’s not about laws, it’s about lives.
For those who have not seen the Beanmobile, we have three monster car seats, one for each bean. It’s like a field of car seats and yes, that’s right, nearly 5 year old ButterBean still sits in a car seat. Oh, and her car seat is good until she hits 60 pounds. I expect that will be another few years. So, please watch the video (if you can live with a bit of sadness and have a box of tissues handy). And, if you have kids and don’t currently, buckle them up. In their own special seat, not a regular seat with inadequate protection. Remember there are, on average, 145 road accidents with two fatalities every DAY in Jordan. 30% of road accident victims are children. If you don’t have kids, don’t look askance or make negative comments to parents who do buckle their kids in. In fact, commend them for doing everything they can to protect their most prized possession. If you know someone with kids who doesn’t use a car seat, pass this video along. In a country where the sight of children hanging out of windows and sun roofs and climbing all over the driver are common, help change the mentality. After all, it’s all of our future at stake here. And just think with me, if your child were killed in a car accident, how do you get over that – ever?