According to the CDC every year close to 1,800 children die due to improper or lack of child restraint use. Most accidents occur within 25 miles from a person’s home and the vehicle or vehicles involved in the accidents are driving 35 mph or less.Every year more than 360,000 children are injured in accidents due to improper or lack of child restraint use. Real enough yet?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that children are in a rear facing car seat until they are 2 years old or until they outgrow the height and weight requirements for a rear facing car seat. So if your child is 2 years old but still does not reach the max or height AND weight, they need to continue to be in a rear facing car seat to insure they are the safest they can be while in a vehicle. Children ages 2 to at least 5 are recommended to be in a forward facing car seat or until they reach the maximum weight AND height requirements for that car seat. As for children 5 and older, children are recommended to be in a booster seat until they are 57 inches tall and a seat belt fits properly.

This post is not to judge anyone’s parenting style but truly to just help educate parents who are unaware of the current safety regulations and requirements for children 14 and under. I have also attached some diagrams to help make this easier to understand and to hopefully directly show you any changes you may need to protect your baby or babies.

Let’s keep our children safe! Please share this and spread the word on car seat safety!!!

Friendly reminder that children are not obligated to let you hug or kiss them no matter who you are. If a child is saying they don’t want to touch you, respect that. If a non-verbal child is pulling or pushing away when you go to touch them, respect that. Just because they’re children doesn’t mean they don’t have basic human rights too, and in fact, we should be extra careful to teach them this as early as possible. Please respect children. They are not a separate species with a separate set of rules. They are human beings.

5 little Black Boys

EDUCATORS SHOULD READ: I had a real teacher moment today during lunch with 5 little Black boys at school. I’ve changed their names to respect their families privacy. Tony, Age 5 (Kindergarten) came up to me and said, “Mr. N, don’t be mad at me, but is this a bad word?”. I said, “What word?”. He said “Okay, but promise not to be mad”. I said, “Okay I promise”. He said, “NIGGA”. At first I thought to myself oh lord… then after a moment, in Kindergarten terms, I had a told him that we don’t say words like that at school, however I didn’t tell him it was a bad word. He told me that his dad uses it a lot around his friends. I told him that people use it in different ways, which makes it a little confusing, which is another reason why we don’t say it. Then I gave him a miniature history lesson on the origin of the word, and how it can be hurtful even if people older than him (like his dad) use it. I then asked him why he asked me that, and he responded by saying that Matt and Neil (ages 6 & 7, first grade) were saying it. They were all sitting in a group together. Matt, Neil, Tony, David, and Jonah. 5 little black boys. I called them all over, and I told them that I wanted to talk to them. I reassured them that they weren’t in trouble, but I wanted to talk. I took them into the gym and sat them down. I Asked Tony to tell everyone what I said, and why he thought it was important (communication and retention skills are important to instill at an early age, along with public speaking, and forming your own opinions). Tony told them what I said and why he thought it was important. Then I elaborated a little to make it a little more clear to them. I took my “teacher” hat off for a moment, and asked them to be honest with me. It was important for me. I asked them how the conversation started, and they told me it was because David and Jonah (Kindergarten) had asked about bad words, and Neil and Matt took it upon themselves to let them know every bad word they knew, including NIGGA. During the talk I reassured them that I wasn’t mad at them, Neil almost started crying as he asked me if I was disappointed in him. I wasn’t disappointed. I told them that as young boys, it is natural to be curious and I consider that a good thing. There are words that we don’t use at school, but if they are curious, they are always welcome to ask a teacher. I love those kids, and I’m happy that they were honest with me about the nature of the conversation instead of trying to get out of trouble. I respect them so much more now, and I hope that our little talk today does something for them in the future. Happy Friday.

‪#‎FreedomFriday‬: Malawian moms stop at nothing to keep their daughters in schools!

In rural Malawi, only 61% of the population is literate and 88% live on under $2 a day. But mothers are changing that! By discouraging early marriages and providing breakfast in primary schools, they’ve decreased dropout rates from 40% to 0% in some areas.

Read it here.

LIKE to celebrate the sacrifices that mothers make for their children, in even the most challenging situations!