As a mom, there are many decisions and choices to make. Natural birth or epidural? Breastfeeding or formula feeding? Vaccinate on schedule, delayed schedule, or not at all?
With those controversial topics, I do my research and then make a decision that best fits my family.
Some decisions are a "no brainer". Like, "Should I let my 3 year old play with the steak knife?" or "Do we have to use a car seat?" "Should I make my kids buckle up in the car every time?"
Then there are some things I just don't care about. Germs is one of them. I am not a germ-a-phobe by any means. Germs are everywhere. Good bacteria, bad bacteria, nasty viruses, mild viruses. I firmly believe you cannot live in a bubble. Of course, I try to do everything to make sure my children have healthy immune systems that help fight off these germs, but when they get sick, I don't really freak out about it.
Helmets are another decision that I really don't care about. Maybe because my children rarely ride their bikes or scooters? Maybe because they only ride them in the driveway and can't even possibly get up to speeds dangerous enough? Maybe because I personally have NEVER known a single child to die from a head trauma injury that could have been prevented by a helmet? If I had, maybe I would feel differently.
Don't get me wrong... I fully acknowledge that helmets are the safer way to go. I don't begrudge moms that insist on a helmet every time and everywhere. I know some moms might read this and freak out because I'm not putting my children's safety first. And I totally respect that opinion.
So, there's a point to all of this....
My husband bought a motorcycle a few weeks ago which has led to many a discussion about safety. My kids now like to point out all the "naughty" motorcyclists out on the roads that do not wear safe footwear, jackets, long pants, and of course, a helmet. "OOOOH! Look at that man! He's not safe! My daddy is always safe when he rides his motorcycle!"
This has prompted my children to want helmets of their own. And jackets. Even though its 82 degrees today and jacket weather is still far off. But they want to be safe.
I'm actually hoping these $20 helmets encourage my kids to ride their vehicles more often! Its just been way too hot this summer to get out and about like we do in the Spring and Fall.
So, when we do finally get jacket weather, please know that my kids will be wearing their helmets (finally).