As our children grow, one thing that will be inevitable is the fact that they will start to spread their wings. Independence is really starting to peak during toddlerhood, which I am going through with my own three year old as we speak.
One act he has decided is extremely important to him is climbing into the car and fastening himself into his car seat. But, as a mother there is an issue I take with this. He of course does not have the buckles fastened properly.
It is a work in progress, but it is important to him to do himself.
I know there are a ton of parents in the same situation right now as well. So, I thought I would share my little bit of wisdom on the subject. Or what I have found that works well for us. It helps my son spread his wings, and continues to keep him safe while riding in the car.
Upon entering the car, I allow him to climb up and get himself all strapped in. During that time I check his big brother’s straps and get little sister all snuggled into her car seat safe and sound. Giving him ample time and narrowly avoiding the meltdown a rush could cause.
Then finally before take off, I make sure his straps are fastened properly, and in the correct places.
When all is said and done, he is learning not only how the straps need to go, but he is also gaining the independence he is craving at three.
Give them a little room for independence, but continue to make sure they are safe!
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