Cleo

It's been 7 years today since I lost my mom, Cleo. I often wonder why we ‘celebrate’ the day someone died as opposed to a happier day, such as the day they were born. I guess it’s a day to reflect on what we miss.

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ahhhh. . .Friday night

Friday nights are special. I'm not sure where the idea originated but for me it may be because my parents let me date one night a week.

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Infants Come In All Sizes

Babies come in all sizes and so do their car seats. Most are labeled for babies from 5 pounds and up--but that doesn't mean they will fit EVERY 5 pound baby--or even 6 or 7 pounds.

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Crash Forces--WHY car seat installation is important

As a car seat technician, the first thing I talk about is Crash Forces. They are WHY we use seat belts and car seats and WHY it's so important to wear and use them correctly.

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Kids Are Amazing Learners

Kids are amazing; when it comes to learning, they are like dry sponges soaking up liquid.

The question is how to get them to absorb what we them to learn?  It’s hard to know because kids don’t analyze and explain their thoughts. We do know that kids learn better when there is a hands-on element.

The challenge fascinates me. I develop programs with the goal of making safety -- an abstract subject -- interactive and thereby effective.  A bonus is that I have more fun while making a lasting impact on the kids.

My favorite example of that impact? A mom told me that they “had” to buy a different car seat for their 4 year old son after my visit to his Head Start class. There were no handouts or parent letters; he came home and told her what he learned at my presentation. (His car seat had been given to a younger sibling and he was in a booster seat too early; he still needed the a harness system. He was able to explain this so well that he convinced his mom!

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