You Thought it was Just Baby Shaking…

I read this whole thing in email. I don’t know how or why it was sent to me. I don’t have children. But, as I was reading it I had the thought… why don’t car manufacturers just have a setting which keeps the car from overheating inside? They have many other safety features for children/ parents. It would also save all those pets left in cars.

There are all sorts of stories that are almost identical to Brenda’s, all over the world. They are all incidents in which tired, busy or overwhelmed parents simply forgot to take their kid to a babysitter, or into the house after being out, and they were left to die in hot cars.

Each year in the US, about 37 babies and toddlers die when they are accidentally left strapped in car safety seats or become trapped in vehicles that rapidly heat up.
Since 1998, there have been at least 570 documented cases of heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.

It has become my mission to speak the message of being a “conscious” parent. I now appear in articles, blogs and the like discussing top tips for mums to slow down and stop being “rushing women”.

Here are some of my top tips to prevent accidents like this:

Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 000.
Be sure all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. If a child is missing, always check a pool first, then the car, including the trunk.
Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is in the seat, place the stuffed animal in the front seat with the driver. Or, place your purse or briefcase in the back seat so that you will have to look in the back to retrieve it, thereby seeing your child.
Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car. I see some stores has a sign on its entrance that reminds shoppers to be sure that they have all their children out of the car before they go in the store.
Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up to daycare

Grrl Domain

I looked at my site this morning, felt that tug of webgrrl pride and wanted to find some way of expressing that. I remember seeing webrings for grrls with their own domains. Are any still active or is there something beyond the webring now?

Grrl Nrrd Webring

Est. 1997, Grrl Nrrd is for women with fabulous web pages full of content and great html. A full range of women have joined since 1997 including those with journal sites to pages about Lynux.

Her Domain of Austin

To encourage and support women who embrace the culture and technology of the Internet as a vehicle for creative and professional pursuits. Her Domain is an online community. As subscribers to the Her Domain email list, women in the Austin and surrounding areas help each other to find jobs, find employees, compare notes on their respective trades, and learn from each other in an unintimidating environment.

NOTE: Too bad it’s only local. This is a super site, cute too. Could I find time to do something like that here or would I even find enough her domain types this far north of Toronto?

GeekGrrl

CodeGrrl

WebGrrl

MetaGrrl

Still haven’t found what I was looking for. But there are some good grrl domains out there. Once upon a time I had thatgrrl.com. It was hijacked and not very likely I will get it back again. It’s been more than two years now. Besides, thatgrrl.ca is a touch of Canadian. 🙂