Do You Woot?


Do you Woot?  I turned my dh onto Woot some time ago after my friend Julie (joolsplus3) mentioned what a great site it was.  You can buy all kinds of neat things there.  What makes Woot such a different place?  Because really, Woot isn’t just a web site.  It’s a way of being.


The Third Row, is it Safe for Kids?


Second Row or Third Row?  Who is Safer?Which child in the photo is safest?  Over six years ago, an article in USA Today created a lot of hysteria among parents.  In particular, one questionable statistic worried a lot of parents and some came to our forums looking for the truth.  The statistic was sensational, it said, “When a minivan with a third-row occupant is hit from behind, the occupant is killed half the time, according to a Ford Motor analysis.”  Could this be true?

Mandatory Safety Seat Training for Parents?


A Nevada Assemblyman, John Carpenter, R-Elko, has said he will propose a bill in the 2009 legislative session requiring mandatory “training in the correct installation of child restraint seats” for parents.  Unfortunately, because of legislative rules, that’s all we get behind the intention of the bill and according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mr. Carpenter isn’t commenting on it.  So I guess the big question is: Should we mandate that parents receive training in installation of car seats?

Sure, we all know that according to Safe Kids USA, the national misuse rate is around 85%.  Your local percentages may be higher or lower, depending on your outreach programs.  Despite our efforts here, our misuse rate is close to 99% for those that attend checkup events.  We also know why those misuse rates are so high: a combination of cryptic manufacturer instructions and vehicle seat belt or LATCH complications.  You do have to admit there are some car seat manufacturer instructions that are very well written.

Would mandating a class help though? 

The Never Ending Debate? Carseats vs. Seatbelts.


Not Worth the Cost?  Or is it?Do we really need car seats?The topic of car seats vs. seatbelts surfaces again and again, perhaps for good reason.  It arises in the media and in questions from parents on our forums, too.  Is it really any safer to restrain my 3-year old in a booster or 5-point harness, rather than just a seatbelt?  Do we really need laws to make us restrain our kids with expensive child seats after a year or two?  You’d think the answers would be YES. Or NO. But one way or another, we should have proof, right? Apparently, it’s like asking a dozen different Ph.D. Economists which way the stock market is headed, incorrectly assuming there would be a consensus among such brilliant people.