The other day, Sebastian and Arielle were playing at their friend’s house just around the block. They hadn’t been there very long when Sebastian came home to tell me that Arielle was riding her scooter without her helmet. Normally I would have told him to go away and stop tattle telling but not wearing a helmet was important business.
“Why isn’t she wearing it?” I asked.
“Because her friends don’t have to…… plus she says it isn’t cool.”
Wearing a helmet isn’t cool. I knew this would come up at some point but hadn’t thought it would be before the age of 12!
Before I could storm out of the house to find her she rode up to the house – hair flying behind her in the wind because of course she wasn’t wearing a helmet.
“Why are you not wearing a helmet?” I demanded.
“Oh because I forgot.”
Really? That was her best?
“Hmmm one doesn’t forget a helmet Arielle.”
“Well it’s only a scooter not my bike.” She challenged.
“Yes well it has wheels, it’s a vehicle you are riding, you wear a helmet or no scooter.”
“But no one else wears one with their scooters! It’s so un cool!”
“Well it wouldn’t be very cool if you fell and cracked open your head. Helmet or no scooter, that’s the rule. Like or leave it.”
After this episode though I really started to take note and was shocked to see many children in our neighbourhood under the age of twelve riding scooters AND bikes – without a helmet! In fact I saw at least three on the way to school this morning!
What is the deal? Did I miss something? I thought it was the law to wear a helmet? Call me a mean mama but this is one rule I refuse to budge on.
What about your children? Do they wear helmets when riding a scooter or bike?
Until next time,