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Monday, June 12, 2006


Helmet Or No Helmet

Brett, over at DadTalk, pointed out this alarming statistic: 83.4 percent of students who rode a bike rarely or never wore a helmet.

I'd like to hear from you moms and dads who think it's not very important to make your children protect their heads while riding their bikes. I've been racking my brain for the past few days trying to come up with one good reason why a child, or even an adult, would not wear a bike helmet. But I just can't come up with anything.

Since there are so many parents who don't care (over eighty percent!!), maybe someone can let me in on their little secret.


Anonymous Jared said...

I know I should make my son wear a helmet, and I

That said, I never wore a helmet when I was a kid, and I don't now. It's just going to take an attitude adjustment on my part, I suppose.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

While I've ridden thousands and thousands of miles on a bicycle, I've been fortunate never to have a bike accident involving my head. But I have been hit by a car and let me tell you that the road comes to your face right quick.

One colleague lost a year of memories after his accident. His head looked like a potato for about six months following brain surgery.

I don't like to talk in absolutes, bu there is no excuse for not requiring your kid -- or yourself, for that matter -- from wearing a helmet.

2:04 PM  
Blogger landismom said...

I don't get this either, and I am constantly amazed by the number of kids and adults I see on bikes with no helmets.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous chip said...

I wear my helmet, and when my kids were little they wore helmets. BK still does. But CB, who is 15, and who doesn't ride much, refuses. You know, at some point you realize you have to pick your battles...

7:02 PM  
Anonymous chip said...

I should just add. I do care, and I'm sure many of the parents of the 80% do as well. But you also need to realize that you cannot force a 15 year old to do every single thing you want them to do.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Darth Daddy said...

Because they are so young, I make my boys wear helmets. (I also think it is a law here in VA).

I never wore one as a kid - and I never tore my head up crashing into anything. Having said that, I also wear one now, only as an example for the kids.

I thought of duct-taping pillows to them as well, but fiured I'd draw the line at "Gotta wear a helmet".


7:35 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I don't remember ever wearing one as a small child, but I did when I was older, for some reason. Maybe I had an accident that my parents forgot to tell me about and they began pushing it later in life. I biked from Norfolk, VA to Charleston, SC when I was fifteen with a school group and we all wore our helmets for that trip. I always have my kids wear their helmets. They think they're cool and it's just part of the "gear", so it's never a hassle. I've no idea why parents wouldn't have their kids wear them.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

A really interesting thing happened while we were walking home from the park this evening... Some boys ahead of us were on their skateboards. All were wearing helmets. One of them made a simple forward move on their skateboard, but he wasn't balanced right and the board slipped out from under him. His feet went up in the air and he fell backwards right on the back of his helmet. It made a sickening "CONK!!!" sound. Just imagine what that would've done to his skull. My son pointed and said, "Good thing he's wearing his helmet!"

8:52 PM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

While growing up in South Africa there was no such thing as helmets, we never wore them and I didn't even know they existed until I moved to Aust. 7 years ago. Here is it law for all to wear a helmet. Brian and I are keen cyclist so we are on our bikes most of the time and set a good example, the kids, even little Liam, always wear theirs to and I'll bloody take their bikes of them if they refuse to, 15 or what ever age. No helmet no cycling.
Luckily because Brian works in Law enforcement he always tell them what the fine will be and they have to weight it up, loose $50 of pocketmoney, which means 5 weeks worth or just wear it! I am not paying your fine, we tell them and we tell them to do what's right, not just what the majority does.
You see so many kids riding bikes with the helmet hanging on the handle bars, I'm sure they took it off once they were out of mum's sight.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Hubby, boys and I all wear a helmets, whether we are biking or skating. The nieghborhood kids know that we insist on having helmets worn to ride or play with us, so now they all wear them too.

My boys have been stopped by the PF police while riding their bikes, and have been given free ice cream coupons for riding and wearing a helmet. Pretty cool!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

That's a nice idea of the police to do, I might just pass it on.

4:03 AM  

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