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August and Eleanor are always buckled up in the car, without exception, but I’m sure you would have assumed that. They’re always buckled up in the stroller too though. Eleanor’s getting old enough to not need the stroller at all (she walks a lot of the time), and when she does want a ride she can be counted on to stay put without being strapped in. The thing is though, that she insists on it.
I only have myself to blame, of course! Eleanor and August thrive on routine and consistency when it comes to learning rules and good behavior, so those rules like buckling up have become automatic. It’s a little ridiculous sometimes, really. Baby dolls need to be buckled in. And don’t let those kitties fool you – they’re safety-minded too! Even if they are riding 2-up.
The kids know that getting buckled up is just part of sitting in the car, so it’s not an issue. And maybe I’ll change my tune eventually, but I’m a stickler for the rules and the car is just for driving. Our minivan has built-in TV screens and a DVD player that we’ve never used, so the kids don’t realize they’re there. We don’t eat food in the car. We don’t even drink anything in the car except water. It’s best for them, but the rule is also there so that if they spill, it won’t stain anything or end up a sticky mess. Any toys the kids bring in with them need to come back out with them.
Balloons are allowed of course. Nay, encouraged.