My daughter's doctor went through her usual run-through of questions to "test" my 8-year-old (I always appreciate this doctor's concern!):
• "What's your address?"
• "What's your mom's cell phone number?"
• "What kinds of chores do you do around the house?"
My kid was doing just fine:
"Do you always wear a helmet when you're riding a bike?" the doctor asked.
But then, the doctor wanted to know: "Do you wear always helmet when you're roller skating?"
My kid: "Sometimes."
The doctor looked at me. Oy, the guilt.
When we go to the Farmer's Market -- my daughter usually roller skates there as I jog alongside her - I don't always insist on the helmet.
Then the doctor asked about my kid's Heelys, those shoes with the wheels on the bottom. They're not allowed at school, so my daughter puts them on every afternoon when I pick her up.
Bad mom. Talk about second-guessing myself!
Yet, I've never seen a kid wearing a helmet when "heelying." Have you?
Add to this the fact that my daughter ice-skates every weekend. At least once a month, I've seen some kid fall on the ice. Minutes later, firefighters pull up and rush in to check for a concussion.
Sure, I've seen some of the little tots wearing helmets on the rink, but never any of the big girls! And how about skateboarding? And skiing?
"Helmets are important. A helmet might have saved her life," said Dr. Tator, the founding president of Think First Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. "We need to stress helmets for all skiers -- all ages," he said.
So, tell us, parents:
Do you always insist that your kids wear helmets when they're skiing, snowboarding, roller skating....?
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about single parenting."|