I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I can barely remember the car seat days. I used to be an expert – I knew which brand was the Mercedes of the bunch with its five point harness system and other important safety features. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point it was no longer necessary to have car seats and/or booster seats when driving with my kids in the car. Was it their age, their weight or a combination of the two? I can’t remember, but I do remember that it took a while to get comfortable with their new found non-car seat freedom.
We started with seat belts in the back, but soon those kids of mine were ready to sit in the front, especially when it was only the two of us in the car. For some reason, they consider sitting in the front seat a treat, a rite of passage. But we soon found the problem – unless you are the driver, there’s only 1 front seat spot.
Enter the unspoken rules of “Shot Gun!” I never heard about this game when I was growing up. It seems “shot gun” is a game of timing. You must walk out the front door and both of you must have the car in your line of vision and be the first person to yell “shot gun” for this front seat privilege.
I think that I’d like to try this next time I’m boarding a plane or getting onto a crowded bus, but somehow I don’t think I would score the best seat.
About Sheri Lapidus
Sheri Lapidus is a public relations executive with over 20 years’ experience. After working in various roles at NBC-TV, CBS-TV, In Style and Elle magazines, she founded www.MitzvahMarket.com, a free online resource for Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning families.