My husband and I were discussing how quickly Quinlan's school mate's mom was able to get her kid in the car and drive off. We'd have Quinlan just barely belted in and she'd be zooming off down the school drive.
Then the other day he rolled down his window to say good-bye and we realized that he doesn't wear a seat belt.
Now, I know there are probably way worse parenting offenses than not buckling your kids in to their car seats, boosters, or heck, even just a regular seat.
Like child abuse.
It pains me every time we drive down the highway and see young kids who are clearly of car and booster seat age rolling around and sticking their head up over the center console between the front seats. I just don't get it - are they too busy to get them buckled in before them leave, or do they not want to fight with their toddlers to buckle them in?
Or can they not afford a booster seat? (which, hello, is the law...)
Now, I will be the first to admit that I've done a modified Britney Spears or Nicole Kidman on a few occasions and I've driven home with my kid not buckled into her car seat. It really only happened when I just had Quinlan, because now she plays seat belt police and yells from the back if for some reason I've forgotten to strap in one or more of the kids.
But those times were clearly accidental and by no means caused by my own laziness (or because I was being chased by the paparazzi).
I mean other than it being complete neglect on the parent's part, I think it's just plain dumb. It's the one time you can legally strap your kids down and force them to sit in one spot. What smart person would pass that up?
Here are a few other rants of the Etiquette Bitch (Mom-101's brain child), including "Baby on the Bar" and "The Poopy Diaper at the Gym."