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Monday, September 27, 2010

What kind of example am I setting?

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My son is 12. Soon he will be 15, then he will be 16. UGH! How did this happen? What kind of example do I set for him behind the wheel of car? He's watching me in a spot he'll be in before I blink.

I stumbled upon this post on GenXmom's blog last week, and it really hit home.

I have to confess that I am guilty of letting my phone be a distraction for me while I'm driving. I've texted while driving too. I'm not habitual, but it's happened, and it's no excuse. I've even done it with my kids in the car.

I allow my phone to distract me with emails, texts, alerts, dings, dongs, flags, little red stars, and a partridge in a pear tree. It might not always be a text. I might peek at an email as I sit a traffic light, or type a quickie when I know there are no cars around.
We live in a world that lies to us. It tells us we are important. Here's a news flash for me, I'm not that important! This kind of thinking is so stupid, ignorant, and prideful! That email isn't that important. The text can wait! The voicemail can wait longer. The email will be there when I get to it. I realized how ridiculously distracted I am in the car while I'm driving my sweet boys, and it disgusted me.

So I could spend the next week wallowing in my own self pity, or I can just get up and do something about it! Thanks to GenXmom, I found something!

NEVER AGAIN will I take this kind of risk with my life or the life of anyone else!

Last week I took this pledge with

Not only am I pledging to not text and drive, I'm pledging to PUT THE PHONE DOWN. I plan on turning off my blackberry when I'm in the car. period.
It's really been an adjustment, but I will tell you that both of my boys notice! Hopefully, they oldest will remember me turning the phone off when they get behind the wheel.




At September 27, 2010 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Dalia (Generation X Mom) said...

You are awesome for doing this. I don't think people realize what they really are doing, what risks they are taking....for nothing. We need to spread the word and get it out. :)

At September 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM , Blogger Di said...

I've been thinking about the same thing now that I have Jellybean on the way. I might have to wean myself off though...

At September 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

Wow. I am so guilty of the same thing. I should definitely stop texting while driving. There's no good excuse to risk lives.

At September 27, 2010 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Diane said...

I'm the same way. I only check it now when at a stoplight or stop sign but I have done it while driving too. You are so right when you said "we live in a world that lies to us. It tells us we are important.." That little red light on the blackberry makes me feel important and like I absolutley cannot wait to check it. When the truth of the matter is, those emails are never important and they can always wait. Thanks for the reminder!

At September 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I'm so guilty of this. I see that red light flashing on my blackberry and feel like I NEED to see what is there. But, really, I don't.

I can't turn mine off completely- too worried that I would miss a call from one of my boys' schools or from my husband needing something, but I can resist looking at the messages.

B/c there's nothing that important that needs to be taken care right that second.

At September 27, 2010 at 12:50 PM , Blogger adrienzgirl said...

It's definitely hard to ignore that flashing light. I can't turn mine off either, because of the calls I receive, but hands free I can do that. And, not checking emails, tests, messages while in the car? I can do that too!

At September 28, 2010 at 9:07 PM , Blogger adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

Good for you. It's not easy, is it?? But so worth it when you consider the big picture. No doubt your kids will take notice.


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