Start ‘Em Young
As you know, kids’ brains are sponges. They soak in so much that they’ll use throughout their lives that it’s amazing there’s room for it all. But there is. That’s why it’s so important for parents to insist that kids wear helmets when taking part in sports – especially snow sports. Because although snow is soft and fluffy when it’s falling from the sky, it’s often packed so tightly on the slopes that it’s like hitting concrete when you take a spill. Whether your child is skiing on groomed trails or in fresh powder, you never know when they’ll catch an edge, lose their balance, or just lose control and accidentally veer into a tree. Or another skier. Or a snow fence. Or a boulder. Or who knows what. And, of course, it almost goes without saying, but riding a bike without wearing a helmet is just plain (dare I say?) dumb. Concrete and asphalt are unforgiving when either comes in contact with a head. Remember back when you were a kid? Remember how many times you took a tumble from your bike? Remember all the scrapes and bruises? Whew! Scary! Thankfully, nowadays many states have mandatory helmet laws for kids riding bikes. But even if your state doesn’t, why wouldn’t you want your little one to be as safe as possible? (see our little “model” below in her spandex helmet cover Princess Mona Leza)
So what do you – as a parent – do? It’s simple … you must insist that your child wear a helmet. No ifs, ands, or buts. If your little one is just starting out, it’s easy to make this mandatory. But even if little Johnny or Janey is already experienced, you have the right and duty to make helmet wearing a must. You are the parent. You make the rules. You know what’s best for your child. And it’s worth putting up with some complaining if the outcome is worthwhile and essential. And protecting a noggin is certainly worthwhile and essential. Wouldn’t you agree?