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Being the Nudge or Good Samaritan?

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on March 27, 2019 22:19

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I think everyone experiences periods where they see something they know is wrong and have the expertise or credentials to say something but fear being seen as a nudge or busybody. This is a dilemma I find myself in quite a bit. I’m a former car seat technician, and while not active at the moment, I still stay tuned to current laws and safety protocol. (I just could bear to physically jump in a do installs to recertify after my knee injury.)

 

There is hardly a trip to a mall or grocery store that I don’t see a parent, grandparent or nanny fiddling with a kid in the car. Most car seat techs will tell you that the majority of installs are incorrect and can see many errors from a quick glance.

 

What can we see in a glimpse?

  •     Infant should still be rear facing
  •     Child is too tall for the car seat
  •     Harness is too loose
  •     Chest clip is too high or low
  •     There are too many bulky clothes on

 

Seeing things like this begs the question: do you say something?

 

The dilemma is that I know the information and skills I have save lives – innocent children’s lives. The reality is most people look at you (or yell at you to stay out of their business). This leaves me with going about my business and assessing whether someone might be open to FREE help.

Yes, I am certain to point out that I’m happy to help them for free and do my best to approach them in a non-judgmental way. “Hey, I happen to be a car seat installer. I noticed something that is a common problem. I’d be happy to help you, no charge, to keep your cutie safe.”

Still. Odd looks and angry responses. It makes me wonder how we will make the world a better place. While I get it, a stranger in a parking lot approaching you and your little kid can be creepy and off-putting, I think we have all gotten a bit too paranoid and stuck in our own worlds to see that many good people are willing and able to help in a variety of ways.

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on March 27, 2019 22:19

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Source: Miami Herald

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