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The Car Seat Click Tips

Do you own a Graco TurboBooster?  You know, one of the most popular boosters sold on the market right now or in recent history?  If so, STOP what you’re doing!  Run down to the car and check the armrests to see if you installed the screws when you put the booster together.  If you say, “Huh? What screws?” then you know that you never did and you must call Graco for a set of screws to anchor the armrests down so the seat will perform as it should in a crash.  Since the armrests act as false hips on the TurboBooster (highback or backless, either model), they must be installed securely with the provided screws.  If you don’t have the screws in your car seat parts box (doesn’t everyone have a car seat parts box?), then give Graco a call at 800-345-4109 and tell them your model number and date of manufacture, which can be found on a sticker on the bottom of the booster.  As soon as those screws arrive and you install them, your little person will be riding in style and safety.

Burnout?

I’ve heard people in the CPS community talk about burnout.  I’m aware that it exists and I know it happens to many technicians and advocates.  They start off all gung-ho but then they do too much, too often and they just get burned out.   

But I have to say – there’s no sign of burnout here.  I’ve been heavily involved in CPS for about 9 years and I’m still in love with it all.  For me, it just never gets old.   That elated giddiness that I used to feel before a big check event is gone but the passion is still as strong as ever.   Helping parents and caregivers keep their kids safe and sharing my knowledge is such a rewarding feeling for me.  I just can’t imagine that I’d ever want to stop doing this in the future.  DH thinks I’m addicted.  I think he may be right but I don’t want to be “cured”!  LOL!

Wanna Come to Dinner?

When did I become such a terrible cook?  My grandmother, unlike the stereotypical grandmother, was a terrible cook.  I must be channeling her spirit.  She made some doozies-some meals were simply inedible.  I’m surprised I had a weight problem when I was younger.  Some dinners simply had catchy names-“Eatmore”, which really meant “Eatless”.  I even took a picture one day of a leftover of something she made that I just couldn’t bring myself to eat.  She was a good sport about it and put up with the jokes.

Unacceptable – CRs that are hard to use

Is seems that lately most child restraint manufacturers have finally come around to the idea that new CRs should be relatively easy to install and easy to use properly.  I don’t know what finally prompted them to see the light but I appreciate it.  However, sometimes it seems like we take a step forward and then 2 steps back.  The new Dorel “Safety 1st Designer/Eddie Bauer Deluxe” infant seat with front harness adjuster is a perfect example. 

Need a Holiday Gift Idea for Your SO? (Or a hint for yours!)

We splurged a bit on DW’s birthday present this fall.  I usually come up with something creative, but this year I had nothin’.  So, I opted for an old fallback I hadn’t used in maybe 10 years.  Jewelry.  With some subtle guidance from me, DD picked out a trendy pearl Yvel necklace.  It was a bit more than I intended to spend, but it was *perfect* for her .  Plus, DD would be very pleased to say she selected it.  Problem is, how could I possibly top that?