I recently engaged in conversations with an acquaintance regarding car seats and intimidating scare tactics.  I am perplexed by the way many people in society allow themselves to be taken with intimidating scare tactics.

During the course of the conversation with the acquaintance I was asked if I would ever purchase a second hand car seat.  My reply was, "well of course I would."  After being asked why and how could I be so shallow as to place my children in harms way, I was taken by surprise by the decorum that was then displayed by this acquaintance. 

I was literally persecuted by this individual.  I'd buy a second hand car seat after checking the recall lists and going over this car seat with a fine toothcomb.   You can tell if the integrity of a car seat is compromised.  You can also tell if this seat has been properly cared for visually.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO DO THIS!

Questions were tossed left and right at me.  The biggest one that got me was, "how could I place so much trust and faith in a stranger"? 

With everything that we purchase we place our trust in the hands of complete strangers.  Whether we buy a car, car seat, stroller, or an electric bottle warmer that you plug into the cigarette liter.  

Everything that we BUY is made by man or made by machine that has been programmed by man.  The homes that we live in are, usually, built by people we don't know yet we trust that that our homes are structurally sound enough to lay such precious little heads of our children down to rest. 

Humans are fallible. If they were there wouldn't be recall lists.  Nor would their be lawsuits.  Nor would their be deaths due to items that are supposed to be trustworthy.

I am not an ignorant person nor am I uneducated.  I REFUSE to allow myself to be fooled and taken by the ignorance of neither mankind nor his intimidating scare tactics either.

We worry about being wasteful and are constantly screaming about recycling.  If there is a perfectly good car seat that is in mint condition and has only been used for a short time, why throw it in the dump, or allow it to sit in a closet or the garage in a storage box collecting dust and/or dry rotting?   

People scream you should never trust a stranger like that and buy a used car seat that is just trusting too much.

IF THOSE are the opinions of society then WHY on GOD'S green creation do many people in society place such misguided fear into this yet in the same breath buy a second hand home, cars, and Lord knows what else. 

Life is full of people whom thrive off of using those intimidating scare tactics. 

As a society it is up to us to decide whether or not we coward down to such tactics.  I choose to be the individual who refuses to allow others to dictate my actions.

I don't know if this journal makes sense to you.  In my head it makes perfect sense.  I just had to write and get this burden off of my mind.  The continual pondering of this was eating away at me.

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Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM

It sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders!  I was recently told that car seats have an expiration date too!  I used car seats with my kids & now my grandkids, yet when I was little, they didn't have them. 

I do have to admit that car seats make it easier to contain children & can keep them a bit safer during an accident.  With that said, I think some of the scare tactics used by the authorities are a bit over the top & what you get from other mothers can be way over the top!

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Jun. 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I hear you sister!! marketing at its best, convince moms that used care seats are ALWAYS bad and that they are bad moms if they use them. WHATEVER> i am sorry someone you knew fell for marketing tactics.,

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