Many parents have a love/hate relationship going with car seats. Car seats keep children safe; there’s no denying that. On top of this, every state in the union has laws requiring the use of car seats. A small child in rear-facing car seat is protected from almost every direction. On four sides, the car seat itself provides protection. Directly in front of the child is the back of the rear seat. Overhead is the ceiling. The child is surrounded by protection.
Here’s the catch that every parent knows. A parent is in the front seat and the child is in the rear. The parent can’t see the child, nor can the child can see the parent. For a first-time parent, this is a high anxiety situation. With several children in the family, parents become used to the situation, but it’s still frustrating. It’s more difficult to judge a situation or to offer comfort without eye contact.
A back seat mirror can be a great help in situations like this. The Mr. PeekatMee back seat mirror is simple to use and offers a wide, clear view at an economical price. Mr. PeekatMee is offered by Ginger Hill Creations. It fastens tightly to a back seat headrest. When placed directly in front of the child in the car seat, the child can see the parent driving the car. The parent can glance into the rear view mirror and see the child in the mirror. This quick and wordless contact relieves anxiety for both parent and child.
People often look for high tech solutions to everyday problems. To prevent childish boredom, parents invest in personal DVD players to entertain the little ones. It seems like an obvious solution, given the prevalence of video games, digital music, cell phones, and electronic navigation tools. The trouble with this trend is that it separates a family into a group of individuals, when the same time could be shared in family activities.
A back seat mirror is a simple solution which opens the door to family time. Parents glance into the rear view mirror, and see the child in a car seat. If the child is sick or upset, the parent talks, sings, or pulls over. But, in fact, there are other applications for a back seat mirror. It’s not just children who sit in the back seat. Sometimes it’s a dog in a crate, or in a back seat harness. If he’s going to throw up, it would be nice to know in advance, right? Aim your back seat mirror at the dog’s face this time.
A Mr. PeekatMee back seat mirror can also be mounted to give a view of the back seat. Then parents can keep an eye on the entire family, converse, play a car game, sing songs, –all the things that families have done since the time of horses and buggies.
Parents do have to keep their eyes on the road. But by making occasional eye-contact, they’re directly engaged with the family as well. In fact, some top-of-the-line vans come equipped with overhead bug-eye mirrors just for this purpose. They’re called conversation mirrors, and their cost far exceeds the economical choice of a Ginger Hill Mr. PeekatMee mirror.
Keep in mind that if you see a child, the child sees you. A frown or a glare can often stop bickering before it gets started. On the other hand, a child who wants a private one-to-one talk can make eye contact without being face to face. It can make a difficult conversation a little easier.
There’s one last, very strong reason for using a back seat mirror like Mr. PeekatMee. It reduces the temptation to flip the car seat to a front-facing position. All too often, parents view this as a coming-of-age event, of being a big girl or boy. But flipping the seat around puts a child in more danger. Why is that a good thing?
There’s an easy answer, –it’s not. We flip the seat around because then, finally, we can see the child directly and the child can see us. We feel like a family, at last. By using a rear seat mirror, the child is already in the middle of the family doings. Keep him or her in that rear facing car seat as you possibly can. It keeps your child safe.
In the end, it’s about instinct. Parents of young children want them within reach. At the very least, they want children in view. If you can’t have your child within reach, at least you can make eye contact. And that is the beauty of a back seat mirror.