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I woke up early this morning thinking about the group of adolescents I watched at twilight last night zooming down the road on their bicycles. Three of the children had bicycle helmets on, but unbuckled, two had no helmets and one lonely rider had his helmet secured. I had an urge to shout from my car, “Buckle your helmet”.
It has driven me crazy to watch all the kids either without helmets or unbuckled helmets over these past few years. I would watch a police car go by and hope the officer would come out of his car and stop these kids.
What kind of message are we giving our kids if me make a law and then watch them break it without doing anything. It is incredibly destructive to set up something for a child’s safety and then not enforce it.
Do we enforce laws on underage drinking or drug use? Kids need to know adults are in charge and consistent for a reason. Please the moment you begin taking your toddler in a bike carrier, make wearing a helmet mandatory.
IT IS ALSO IMPERATIVE THAT PARENTS WEAR HELMETS. WHAT GOOD IS A PARENT WITH AN EXTENSIVE HEAD INJURY THAT IS COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE. Please take a few minutes to think about this the next time you go out to bike. A helmet is one of the cheapest and best safety precautions you can use.
There is a reason to wear a bicycle helmet. Here are just a few from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission prove bike helmet safety is crucial:
If these statistics are not enough to tell your child to buckle up and even make a trip to the bicycle store to make sure the helmet fits properly here are more statistics on the effectiveness of bicycle helmets.
Bicycle Helmet Effectiveness
I stopped a group of eight graders who rode down on our street the other day without helmets. I asked a simple question, “Why Don’t You Wear Helmets?” They honestly replied, “It doesn’t look cool.” I respected their honesty even though I could not help but preach a bit, “Do you think a concussion or head injury would be cool?”
Pamela Worth is the owner of Tiny Treks: Healthy Habits of Healthy Families.
Pam Worth MA, BCC is the founder of Tiny Treks (www.tinytreks.com), an innovative parent participation outdoor exploration program which has served thousands of families since 1997. Pam is also a
parent educator specializing in workshops on Healthy Lifestyles
for Families. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were
developed through her 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary and parent education along with teacher mentorship, and family coaching. Currently, Pam is a guest lecturer at parenting workshops throughout the country and is
recognized for pioneering outdoor education programing for early childhood. She also specializes in guiding families to reducing media interference, identifying creative boundaries and alternatives to media usage. Pam focuses on Mindful Parenting through creative ideas and tools.
her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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