Unfastens The Seat Belt
Your child's car safety seat can save her life. That's why all 50 states require them. So have a rule in your car: "We don't drive unless everyone is buckled up."
Here are some ideas to help your child cooperate:
- First: If your child won't buckle up, don't start the car. If she continues to refuse, cancel the trip---at least for her. Then schedule some fun outings (such as to the ice cream store) that you can cancel, when she delays buckling up. That'll get her attention.
- Second: If anyone unbuckles while you're driving, pull your car off the road into a boring place, such as a parking lot. Explain again that the car won't go, unless everyone is in a seat belt. Read a book until your child puts the seat belt on. Children usually want to go somewhere rather than sit in the car.
- Third: You can avoid some of this testing by making car trips fun. Keep your child busy with special toys and audiotapes that are only used in the car. A running conversation about what's happening along the street can also distract most children.
- Finally: Never let your child ride unprotected by a seat belt, and never let your child ride with any adult who sets a poor example.
If you have questions about your child's behavior, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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