I’m a Child Passenger Safety Tech, in addition to being a wife, mom of five homeschoolers, dog-and-guinea-pigs-owner and worker bee at a holistic pet supply store.
(See what I did there? Bee! At a pet store!)
Lately I’ve been thinking about whether or not I want to continue with my CPST. I became certified three years ago, and recertified a year ago. I became a CPST for several reasons:
1. I had an online friend who was OBSESSED with child passenger safety and she really got me into it
2. My Chemical Romance and I were hit by a drunk driver when I was pregnant with The Informant, and although we were not seriously injured — and the boys weren’t even in the car — I started thinking more about child passenger safety
3. I was an apprentice midwife and a doula and thought it could help my clients.
I’m interested in child passenger safety for the same reason I’m interested (somewhat) in cars: the Innovations. I’m interested in how mechanics work (sort of; as it relates to ME; not, like, physics). I think it’s cool to see how many safety features can get put in a car or child restraint — and yet you don’t actually NEED all of them, but some of them are pretty amazing.
I asked My Chemical Romance if he’s sad that we’re not having more babies and he said no. I said no — but think of all the cool car seats I’m going to miss! I don’t even need a Foonf!
Animal is in a backless booster after his long torso outgrew the highest high-back booster; Mineral is in a high-back booster. The Informant is in a Combination seat (forward-facing) although as My Masterpiece is rapidly getting too tall for her Convertible (which she rides in forward-facing), she’s going to move to The Informant’s seat and I’ll put The Informant in a high back booster. Maybe when she’s eight. Buffalo is in a convertible rear-facing.
My other reason for interest in car-seat safety is simple: The world can be dangerous. I’m a VERY free-range mom because I don’t want to shelter them, but I do worry like every other mom. There’s very little concrete stuff I can do to protect them from life, but I CAN keep them in the safest car seats possible.
Anyway, just as I was thinking about whether or not I should recertify — it’s time consuming and I rarely actually **use** my CPST info — I was invited (as part of a groupwide email) to participate as a CPST at a car seat check event. That’s part of my recertification — the most difficult part to accomplish; the rest can be done online — so I did it, and now I’m almost re-certified. I’ll keep the four initials behind my name!