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Bicycle Safety without the Bicycle

Posted by Kristen on September 3, 2009 at 6:05 AM in Raising Boys
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My kids have gotten into this thing about wearing their helmets all the time. I would like to thank whatever cartoon character has peer-pressured them into doing it.

Thing is? They wear the helmets all the time. All the time. As in, "Mom, can I wear my bike helmet in the car?" No, this isn't Nascar. But then it would be a Racing Helmet anyway. Why don't you wear it on your scooter? Your Scooter Helmet, if you will.

It's actually working out right now because Nate could use the extra protection since his ability to walk without running into something or falling over something is still lacking. I was glad he was wearing the helmet today when he ran into the door. Wait. Maybe the helmet is adding to his depth perception problem. And it got a little crazy when they were wearing them on the neighbor's slide and you could actually hear them clanking inside the slide as they came down together. Derek said as long as they are BOTH wearing the helmets, it's no problem to go down the slide wearing them.

You may have noticed from the picture that Nate isn't actually wearing his bicycle helmet properly, what with the 4 inches of air between the chin strap and his chin. I guess we don't have anything to worry about because he doesn't ride a bike. And the stamps? I have no idea where they came from and I have no idea where I could ship him for two 39 cent stamps. Not that that idea ever crossed my mind


Becky writes...

I should have encouraged my one son to wear one all the time - if there was a table top, doorway, knob sticking out - you name it, his head smacked right into it! No, there were no balance issues or neurological problems - all checked out fine. He's just so busy looking at the world or noticing what he wants to do next that he just forgets to look straight ahead. We have this Thanksgiving picture - he was 2 - little bit of blonde hair all over his head and a row of bruises all the way across his forehead! It amazed me how he managed to never get bruised in the same place twice...all of them in a difference spot! A helmet would have solved all those problems - wish I had thought of it!

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