Parents, especially new parents, tend to place a high priority on what can be done to keep their children safe. Safety gates: check. Latches on the lower cabinets: check. Medication up and away: check. Smoke alarms on every level of your home: check. Properly install car seat and buckle up on every ride: check.
I've been on the front lines of tending to and advocating for the needs of children for more than 30 years. In countless countries around the world, I've held newborns struggling to make it through the day. I've looked into the innocent eyes of toddlers abandoned by the people who should have loved them most.
Don't get me wrong. I am a faithful car seat user, but I do own to some bitterness about it. I would be lying if I said there weren't times I wanted to drive to the nearest Good Will, pull all of the car seats from the car, drop them off and be done with it. Then, a few months ago, something happened that forever changed my attitude about car seats.