Driving, smartphones, and my kids in your car.
Don't @I*$ing do it.
We are all well aware of the dangers of operating a smartphone while driving a vehicle. There have been studies showing that texting while driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving, and I certainly don't want you drinking and then driving my kids anywhere.
I am writing this post because, until recently, this hadn't even entered my mind as a potential problem. That is, until my oldest brought it to my attention that one of the moms she often rides with regularly uses her phone while driving. If I look at my phone at a stoplight it makes this kiddo nervous, so this behavior was particularly unsettling to her...as it should be. I am writing this post to start a conversation, as this is a relatively new phenomenon and something that certainly warrants a discussion.
I talked to all of my kiddos then and there about it, let them know that texting and driving is extremely dangerous. I told them that it is ok to request that an adult put down their phone any time they are using it while behind the wheel, and that I would like them to come to me if anyone's smartphone use while driving made them uncomfortable.
This is a discussion I will have with them again and again over the course of their growing older. This does not only apply to other moms driving my littles around. I want my children to be cognizant of the fact that driving and smartphones don't mix before they ever get behind the wheel themselves; before they get in a car with their friends. This conversation ranks up there in importance with drinking and driving, good touches and bad touches, and tricky people.
Our modern lives are quite dependent on automotive transportation, so it's easy to lose sight of the very real danger the everyday act of traveling in automobiles poses. We take that risk, and allow our children to take that risk, sometimes several times in a single day. I don't want to come off as yet another online voice telling you to fear yet another thing, but I do want to call attention to what I believe to be an important topic.
Have you talked to your children about cars and smartphones? Have you discussed this topic with other moms? If so, what have those conversations looked like? Share with us in the comments below.