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user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
1st Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting khigh:</b>" I remember being 5 or 6 and driving from Oklahoma to Florida. My parents had a van and they took the ... [snip!] ... they took the back seat out and put board games back there and toys to play with. We had a blast rolling around in the back!"</blockquote>




I remember stuff like that too, riding to the beach in the back of my dad's el camino at age 7 or so. I'm sure it'd be enough to give these seat nazis a heart attack.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" <blockquote><b>Quoting khigh:</b>" I remember being 5 or 6 and driving from Oklahoma ... [snip!] ... the beach in the back of my dad's el camino at age 7 or so. I'm sure it'd be enough to give these seat nazis a heart attack."


And, the bed of the truck was always the best place to ride!

~ Account Closed ~ California 3088 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting Stephanie Onyembi:" Well it sounds like OP meant he was in the car just sitting in the seat with no carseat or booster seat. Which is sickening!"


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~ Account Closed ~ California 3088 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting britty06:" lmao. i'd hate for you to be my SIL... MYOB. her kids... not yours. i bet your mom... or even ... [snip!] ... bet your mom... or even your husband's mother didn't have you guys in car seats until you were 5.... HOW DID YOU SURVIVE? smh."

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khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting Momma~2~Mayleigh:" Yes it 4'9 or 8 here and she was not in a car seat or a booster. The seat belt does not fit her correctly without it and it is against the law."


Here, it's 5 in either a booster or car seat. Under 12 requires seat belt.

~ Account Closed ~ California 3088 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting Coupon Lady:" My 4 yr old sometimes rides without one. Sometimes I need to get a ride and I don't carry her seat with ... [snip!] ... me, unless I know I need. It. I'm a car seat basically too. But I also mind my own buisness. It was one night give it a rest."

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Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
1st Nov '12

My SIL turned her daughter forward facing at 6 months. I tried everything to educate her... and to top it off she constantly gave me shit for nit turning my son forward facing until after her turned 2.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting Bubba Monster's Mommy:" My SIL turned her daughter forward facing at 6 months. I tried everything to educate her... and to top ... [snip!] ... to educate her... and to top it off she constantly gave me shit for nit turning my son forward facing until after her turned 2."



Its funny cause I believe in Australia they ff at 5 or 6 months old. lol



I know I wouldnt, but they do there. lol

Stephanie Onyembi 2 kids; Duluth, Minnesota 1514 posts
1st Nov '12

I turned my oldest forward facing when he turned 1 and I wish I hadn't. He just turned 2, and if I had known about ERF, he would still be rear facing. My baby is 10.5 months old and I will NOT be turning him around in 2 months. He will be rear facing for at least another year!

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 121548 posts
status 1st Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting khigh:</b>" I remember being 5 or 6 and driving from Oklahoma to Florida. My parents had a van and they took the ... [snip!] ... they took the back seat out and put board games back there and toys to play with. We had a blast rolling around in the back!"</blockquote>



Yeah we had one of those vans where the back seat could be made into a bed so car trips were fun laying around

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
1st Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Coupon Lady:</b>" Its funny cause I believe in Australia they ff at 5 or 6 months old. lol I know I wouldnt, but they do there. lol"</blockquote>




I consider myself a carseat nazi for my own children. I'll do my research and decide what I think is best. I'll educate others if it comes up but I can't force them to do anything. Most of the time I just agree to disagree. My kids, my choice. Just as it is theirs. If they have the education and decide to do it different that's up to them. <shrug> lol.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
1st Nov '12
Quoting Bubba Monster's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Coupon Lady:</b>" Its funny cause I believe in Australia ... [snip!] ... my choice. Just as it is theirs. If they have the education and decide to do it different that's up to them. <shrug> lol."


Same here. I make sure my kids are safe in the car, with me or withoout me there. lol
What others choose to do is up to them. You can tell some ppl till they are blue in the face, but you cant change them.
Some ppl are very greatful if they didnt know and some are not and dont care.



My 4 yr old is in a 5point still, but when we take a taxi or end up stuck somewhere and we need a ride, its either a no back booster and rare occasions just the seat belt. I dont personally drive myself, so sometimes I take the bus then we miss it and we need a ride back home, so I have no choice, I hate it but, it beats walking 4 hours home.

britty06 Due March 5 (girl); 3 kids; St. Paul, MN, United States 492 posts
2nd Nov '12
Quoting Momma~2~Mayleigh:" I survived, but many children did not. And that is a terrible argument... I survived, so why not? I want my children and *gasp* my nieces and nephews to be as safe as possible."


and that's all well and great but she's their mother not you.

i think instead of being oh so upset at your SIL, worry about yourself and get a hobby.