Lessons from Toy Story

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While I don't think Toy Story is truly suitable for small children (Sid is quite scary, Woody and Buzz fight, etc.), the kids started watching it before I really thought it through. You can't put the space ranger back in the bottle, I guess. That's okay, though, since there is at least one very important lesson to be learned from the movie.

If you haven't seen it (where have you been?), the story centers around Woody, a boy's beloved cowboy doll, and the new toy on the block, a Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger action figure. Woody gets jealous, they wind up having adventures, and everyone becomes a better person toy for it. Aside from the mean boy next door who does naughty things with his toys, it's a pretty wholesome movie.

At one point, however, Woody and Buzz are stuck at a gas station when Woody spots a delivery truck for Pizza Planet, where he knows Andy, his owner, is having dinner. He convinces Buzz (who thinks he's a real space ranger) to hitch a ride to the "spaceport". Since they're toys, they're not supposed to let people see them move, so Woody climbs in the back of the pick-up. Buzz, however, being mister by-the-book, says "there are no restraining harnesses in the cargo area" and climbs in the front seat (where he can't be seen due to a stack of pizza boxes.)

So, the teenager-driven truck takes off and Woody, in the back with no restraining harness, gets bounced around and clobbered by a tool box. Buzz, of course, is perfectly safe up front with his seatbelt on. Ever since the kids saw that, I've never had any problems with them not wanting to wear their seatbelts. So, if you're having trouble with a kid not wanting to be buckled in, just remind them of Woody and Buzz and their ride to Pizza Planet.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.