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Dec. 15th, 2013

07:05 pm - Another Rant

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"Do no harm". That is a good mantra when it comes to raising children. Certainly all of us can agree to that. Well, I would like to apply that mantra when it comes to riding in the car. Our culture has gotten so fixated on safety in cars that I think children are actually suffering from all of this "safety". Children are hard-wired to MOVE, to be active. This is one of the ways they stay healthy. If you watch a baby who is free to move, they WILL.... almost constantly. But, when they are put in the car, they are strapped into car seats so their torsos cannot move. This is completely unnatural for babies once they are mobile. When they are able to go, they are meant to GO! It must be TORTURE for them to be strapped down like that! Then, for "safety's sake", they are supposed to be facing backwards in the back seat until they are a certain weight, so there is nothing to look at that would give them a clue as to what is happening outside the car. Plus, cars are built now with smaller and higher windows, so the poor little babies cannot see out when they crane their necks to the side trying to catch a glimpse of something as it whizzes by. Is this humane?

All they can do to cope is to thoroughly numb themselves by tuning out. That's what babies do who are left to "cry it out"... another harmful practice we inflict on babies. Their only choice is to go numb. Harmful.

How many children were harmed while riding in cars before there were seatbelt laws? One in a thousand? One in a hundred? I wonder what the actual number was? So, if we could agree that it is harmful for children to be immobilized in car seats, that means that 100% of children are being harmed because of the mandatory car seat law so that, say, one out of a hundred (or a thousand) children are less likely to sustain injury in an accident.

If you agree with me that it is INHUMANE, and that it is HARMFUL, to strap children down, then what can be done about it? How can our children be safe in the car without resorting to this extreme treatment? Someone needs to come up with an acceptable alternative! The only ideas I can think of off the top of my head are to not put children in cars at all. Go everywhere on bikes. Use public transportation.... where there are no seat belt laws, by the way. But what about CARS? How can children ride in them safely and still maintain some mobility? There's got to be a way.


Date:December 27th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think many parents even consider this. They just strap them in and feel like good parents keeping them safe. Safety is big with me, but I think car rides with babies and especially toddlers should be kept to a minimum. And if a family HAS to take that long road trip then several stops at a park along the way should she be mandatory in their planning.

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