You already know the damage that can happen when you don’t wear a seatbelt, but the little ones in your back seat may need a little more convincing.
In 2011, Yale School of Medicine presented some surprising results of their recent study involving 378 parents, and nearly 75% of the parents had reported that their child had unbuckled themselves at some point. An even more alarming fact is that most of the children were under 3 years of age; the youngest being only 12 months.
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Tricks and Tips to Keep Seatbelts Buckled
Any parent knows that keeping a child’s attention for longer than a few minutes can be quite a feat. Because of this, it’s important to keep in mind that your little wiggle worm will need constant reminders about what good behavior is and what is bad.
On your way to the car, talk to them about the importance of keeping their seatbelt on. You could even promise them a reward; such as a sticker or special time together.
When you’re getting them settled in the car, praise them if they are being good and not struggling. If they’re fighting you, try explaining it to them again, or maybe put them in a time out. Some parents find it useful to have soft, plush toys to entertain the kids until they’re buckled in. Always make sure that the buckle is properly and completely locked into place.
Once on the road, if they’re still behaving and have not fought against the seatbelts, praise them again. Remember, they’re likely to quickly forget previous praise you’ve given them, so it’s vital to constantly give them more when it is deserved.
If they do unbuckle themselves while you’re on the road, quickly but safely pull off the road into a safe area. Most parents recommend a time out or a little more severe of a punishment. You don’t want to harm your child, but you do want them to understand that this is unacceptable behavior.
In situations where a child constantly unbuckles themselves, some parents have had success by twisting the buckle so it’s against the kid’s body. If you do this, make sure you do it in a way that doesn’t cause the seatbelt to become useless or hurtful to the child.
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