Lesser of Two Evils
Life in Beit Frummie is hectic. It has always been hectic, but this year, with PC’s new job (did I mention he has a new job?), things are especially hectic. And for the first time in a very long time, I arrived at the preschool without Peach’s carseat.
In the Golden State, a child must be secured in a child restraint system if s/he is six years of age or older, but less than 16 years of age, or who is less than six years of age and weighs 60 pounds or more.
[For the record, Peach is three-and-a-half years of age and weighs 38 pounds.]
Not long after our first [Beernut] started preschool, we learned that a two-car family needed two car seats. But even then, we often found ourselves playing musical car seats, whereby a seat must be transferred to whatever car will be transporting said child from Point A to Point B. Once-in-a-very-great-while, one of us (parent, grandparent, sitter, etc) would arrive for pick-up without the requisite seat. But that has never presented much of a problem as the school kept some extras in reserve for just such an occasion.
So imagine my dismay when I learned about a recent policy change at the preschool. It seems that the school has discontinued this helpful benefit due to liability. It seems that if a forgetful parent was to borrow one of their seats and get into an automobile accident, the school could be held liable.
So instead, parents are told to drive carefully.
While the parent is ultimately responsible, I would think that there is a better solution…