Thursday, November 09, 2006

booster seats

Sorry about all my soapbox posts as of late. I think I'm over it for a while. As much as I don't like to post about politics or religion, sometimes that's what's on my mind. No more Debbie Downer for a while, ok?

So, anyway. I was listening to the radio, paying attention for once and I heard an announcement about booster seats. It said that kids have to be in booster seats until they are 4'9". Four feet, nine inches! What?!?! I am 5'1" AND A HALF, mind you so that means I'd have to have been in a booster seat until I was like in high school. At least middle school. Ok, nevermind. I just went into the website and if you're older than 8, you don't need one. At 12, you can sit in the front seat. That's really old still, no? I wonder how Brianna would react if I put her back in a booster. I don't see ANY kids her age in one. Maybe four year olds and that's stretching it. Of course Alec is so small and thin, he'll be in one much longer than Brianna was.
It's funny how things change. I mean, I remember as a kid, I'd always ride in the front seat and I don't remember having to wear a seat belt. We never wore one until it became a law. I also remember when I'd go somewhere and we were a lot of kids, they'd put us in the bed of a pick-up truck. Not strapped in or anything. We would just sit down. Rodrigo and I were talking about this not too long ago. I was saying that I couldn't even imagine throwing the kids in the back of a pick-up. We came to the same conclusion: our parents hated us. ;)

feeling: I wish I could still be in bed
listening to: Pearl Jam (Dissident)


Jesser said...

Heheheh. I just barely brush 5' ... I should STILL probably be in one. That's a big reason I drive a Honda. They're made for shorter folk, seems like. That book I just read, Freakonomics, talks (in passing) about how little good carseats actually do (based on the data) and that the main thing is keeping kids out of the front seat. And most of the parental safety concerns are generated to sell new gear ... not that I won't be buying a carseat or anything. ;)

Yvett said...

I drive a Honda too, Jess. I agree.

I've heard about that too. Brianna is never allowed to ride in the front. It just doesn't even come up. Alec is still in a carseat.

Margie said...

hehehe, i remember being thrown in the back of the truck too! its so dangerous, i cant believe our parents did that!

Jodi said...

Yep...back of a pick-up truck...on the highway...yikes!

marsha said...

we used to ride in the back of my dad's pick-up truck all the time. I used to think it was fun but there is not way I am letting my children in the back of one and they always wear a seatbelt when they are in a car. Oh how times change.