Last week New York City Schools were closed for Mid-Winter Recess. I had my children home with me while I attempted to keep working from our home office and keep my sanity.
I was thrilled when a mother in my 7 year old’s class offered to take my son to a movie. I spontaneously agreed and then my anxiety kicked in. You see, I have never allowed my son to be driven in a car that wasn’t operated by a member of my family and we have child safety seats for every stage.
I was shocked that when I voiced my concern to my friends with kids similarly aged, they thought I was being nuts. Every one of them said that their kids ride in cars without booster seats. They all have a seat in their vehicle, but they don’t think twice about their child being in other people’c cars without one. One friend even told me that she isn’t required to have a Booster Seat anymore because her daughter is 6.
The law in New York is that children need to be riding with a booster seat until they are 8. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a booster seat until a child is 4 feet 9 inches tall. The point of the booster is to raise a child up so the seat belt falls properly on their body so it can protect the if there is a crash.
I called the mother up and voiced my concern. She said that her kids don’t use a booster seat anymore, but she has room in her SUV if I want to put one in for my son.
My son went on his first real outing without me, and he had a great time. I on the other hand was counting the minutes till he got home. I couldn’t wait to hear all about his adventure.