Do you jaywalk?

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Development/Milestones: Babies, In The News

Sometimes, the stories here at ParentDish only serve to generate more questions. I wrote about a New Jersey police department that was cracking down on jaywalkers and handing out tickets to middle school kids. That got me thinking and I realized that, since I've had kids, I've kinda changed my ways when it comes to jaywalking.

Before I had kids, I paid little attention to things like crosswalks and stoplights when I was on foot. I watched the traffic and went when and how it was safe (more or less) rather than when it was strictly legal. Yes, I've broken the law, crossing in the middle of the street and against the light. Not only that, but I did it habitually. There goes any hope I might have had of running for public office.

Now, however, I find that I don't do that sort of thing any more. I go to the crosswalk. I wait for the green light. I try to set a good example, because I have kids. I might feel like a colossal fool standing on a corner with absolutely no cars in sight, waiting to cross the street, but I figure that's better than spending time in the emergency room -- or worse -- after the kids try to make it across a busy street without waiting for a green light.

I suppose it's a small price to pay to make sure my kids are safe. I have been hit by a car crossing the street in the middle of the block and I don't want that to happen to them. How about you -- have you made similar changes since having kids? Do you jaywalk?

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