Lynda Loveland: Helmet? Heck yeah!
Posted December 19, 2012
It’s a hard and fast rule in my house. If you ride a bike, you must wear a helmet. My son, though, thinks he’s above the law.
My kids play down the street with all the neighbor kids. I can’t see them, but I can hear ‘em. I walked down to check on them one day and couldn’t find my son. I had a feeling he’d gone outside the invisible fence.
I went farther down the street into the next neighborhood. Nothing. Went a little farther, thought I heard something. Went a little farther, rounded the corner and there he was, racing down the hill on his bike with three other boys … helmetless. They all were!
He pedaled over to me looking totally busted. I was totally boiling. I told him to get his butt home immediately!
His excuse was this: No other kid wears their helmet. I told him that’s their problem, not mine. I don’t want his head busted open on the pavement! I promptly put his bike on the garage wall and told him it was off limits for a week, along with the scooter which also requires a helmet.
Just a couple of days after he got his bike back, he gave his helmet the Heisman, AGAIN! What the heck? Sooo, I took it away for two weeks.
He was very happy to get it back, finally. He did well wearing his helmet, until he rode his scooter … wait for it … without a helmet!
The first words out of his mouth were, “I don’t have to wear a helmet with my scooter.”
I said, “the heck you don’t! Kiss your two-wheeled, kid cruisers goodbye, ‘cause you’re not seeing them again for THREE weeks! Anything requiring a helmet is in mothballs for just shy of a month."
I get that it’s probably uncool for him to wear a helmet because no one else is, but that’s tough. I have to admit, I’m surprised the other kids get away with it …