I remember when my son was a newborn and I had to put him in a rear facing car seat. I was so nervous being a first-time mommy, and I was even more worried because I couldn’t see my son in the rear view mirror. Of course, he cried and cried during the entire car ride, but I eventually learned that even though my baby was crying, it didn’t mean that I was a “bad” or incapable mother. I think all new moms experience this feeling to some degree or another with their children. But as we learn and grow and get more comfortable in our roles as parents, we discover that making adjustments is the best way to overcome the challenges.
My son always loved his car seat. I think he felt safe and secure when sitting in it. He rarely had issues staying seated in it either. I think because we took so many road trips while he was little, he was conditioned to just accept his time there. Once he was buckled in, as long as he had a toy or a snack to keep him occupied, he was fine, which made things so much easier on me. You can read more about traveling with kids and car rides on SheBuysCars.com.
Being part of the Toyota Buckle Up for Life program has allowed me reflect back on these memories. I am also proud to be a part of the mission to support car seat safety and proper usage. The focus of the program is on education that gives parents and caregivers the information and the tools they need to succeed with strong and positive habits.
One of the most exciting parts of the program is that all parents are invited to attend an online Twitter party, a live Google hangout and to visit program partners to learn more about the Buckle Up for Life program, in addition to the chance to win ONE of 24 car seats that will be given away during these online events.
If you are interested in participating, here’s the scoop:
For the Twitter party – It happens MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 9PM EASTERN (6PM PACIFIC). Follow the hashtags #BuckleUpForLife and #TMOM. You can also tweet your questions during the party using the #BuckleUpForLife hashtag as well. Make sure you RSVP on the TravelingMom.com website! This is your chance to win one of FOUR car seats!
For the Google Hangout – It happens WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH FROM 12 NOON TO 2PM EASTERN (9AM PACIFIC). Make sure you log on a few minutes early by visiting the Buckle Up for Life Google + page. This is your chance to win one of TWENTY car seats!
*PLEASE NOTE: THE ACTUAL CAR SEATS BEING GIVEN AWAY MAY OR MAY NOT BE THE ONE PICTURED ABOVE.
And what if you can’t make either of those events? Well, you also have the chance to win a car seat right here on my blog! All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below and you could be the lucky winner! Giveaway runs from now until September 19th, 2014. Good luck!
*UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. THE WINNER HAS BEEN RANDOMLY CHOSEN. CONGRATS TO MONICA PONTARELLI!!!