What’s safe to you? Are you as brainwashed as I am?

I’m not a big "safety" fan. I let my stepson ride his bike without a helmet. And if you haven’t heard my anti car seat tirade, here it is: I think car seat manufacturers lobby to get car seat laws passed so that they can get rich. I think your kid might be safer – but odds of them getting hurt to start with were so small that it doesn’t matter.

So when my dad stopped by to grab Caleb and asked if it was ok if he rode in the front seat of a pick up truck without a carseat … and I said no … well, I really had to stop and think. (I mean, did I just really say no? To just riding in a truck?)

I’ve decided I’m brainwashed. Even though I think the risk of Caleb getting hurt by riding in the front seat of the pickup are too small to worry about, I’ve been taught that he isn’t safe – and I’m not a good mom – if he’s not in a car seat.

Pretty soon we’re going to be bad people if our dogs aren’t wearing seat belts. And you’ll even feel guilty when your dog isn’t wearing a seat belt.