For as many reasons as your kids can protest against wearing a seat belt, we’ve got tips to help you motivate them to buckle up.
Children in this age group are building an awareness of social and cultural norms; they are developing reasoning, problem-solving abilities, a sense of identity and independence. These changes will continue to develop into adolescence.
As these changes occur, it’s important as the parent or caregiver to consistently model seat belt safety, communicate and reinforce clear rules, and give age-appropriate rewards and praise. It’s also important to tailor your message to your child, depending on his/her stage of development and personality. Learn what works and adjust your message as your child grows older.
Be aware of your child’s concerns or fears. Some kids report the fear of flying out the window or hitting the front dashboard during a sudden stop. Personal stories detailing the benefits of wearing a belt or pitfalls of not wearing a seat belt can be effective in getting your child to buckle up.