Some parents make their kids wear helmets while learning to walk. Seriously.
I read as much yesterday in Helicopter Parenting: What Are We Teaching Our Kids? The author, Nancy — whose logged over 17,000 bicycle miles with her family* — links to four different companies from whom you can order one of these walking helmets. [She also has photos of a couple of kids wrapped in bubble tape — the cheaper solution.]
Nancy argues that kids need to learn to take and manage risks, so they can grow up to be knowledgeable, experienced, normal adults. [She doesn’t even mention how ridiculous toddlers in helmets look — and how that alone will probably be enough to scar them for life. I mean it won’t just be their peers making fun of them; it will also be adults like me.]
My argument is similar to Nancy’s, but less complex: We shouldn’t make our kids into sissies. And I’ve argued it more than once.
So while I may put my kids in carseats inside other carseats, let’s don’t everyone go overboard with the helmets thing. [Unless you, like me, force your children to entertain you in the living room, gladiator-style, the winner receiving roses and applause, the loser missing supper and going to bed early.]
What do you think about our children’s safety? Where’s the line between wisdom and overboard?