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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by mamarootoo View Post
this would be something i would consider when deciding where to live and how many children to have there.
i personally chose to leave the city where i had ready access to public transportation, in exchange for clean air to breathe, open space for my children to play, land where i could grow my own food, and easy access to the outdoors for hiking, biking and camping. access to public transportation isn't the most important decision for every family when choosing a place to live. i hope you didn't mean that to be as condescending as it came across.

to the OP... i agree with the pp that said this blogger was reaching for something to blog about. there are plenty of options for low cost carseats and fitting three across in lots of different cars without buying a mini van if that is what you want or need to do. and i, too, have never heard of a carseat saying 'do not reuse' or whatever it is she claimed that carseat said. most people who have multiple kids use the same carseat for more than one of them. and it was a great point a pp made about them being made to fit larger kids - of course a 65 or 80 pound kid isn't going to fit in a seat made to accommodate a child no larger than 20-25 pounds...

that blog was just... silly.
post #22 of 28
nak

I knew it was a conspiracy!

But seriously, we did buy a new car when our lo was born. We went from a mazda3 to a 6. It's nice being able to sit in the front seat again! With a rf car seat I was up in the dashboard if I didn't sit next to my dd.
post #23 of 28

Well...

Well $900 spent on three Radians that would fit a Golf TDI was cheaper than buying a minivan and than spending an exorbitant amount of money filling the tank with gasoline.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by ChetMC View Post
Well $900 spent on three Radians that would fit a Golf TDI was cheaper than buying a minivan and than spending an exorbitant amount of money filling the tank with gasoline.
that's how I saw it! Carseats are one thing I think are worth spending more and getting new. Seriously it's the first thing that comes to mind to deter me from having four kids. I don't want to pilot a bigger car.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by pixiepunk View Post
i personally chose to leave the city where i had ready access to public transportation, in exchange for clean air to breathe, open space for my children to play, land where i could grow my own food, and easy access to the outdoors for hiking, biking and camping. access to public transportation isn't the most important decision for every family when choosing a place to live. i hope you didn't mean that to be as condescending as it came across.
nope. i didn't mean it to be condescending. sorry if it seemed that way! the comment i made about mass transit was a tounge-in-cheek response to the idea of the cars-are-made-too-small-for-thee-carseats-on-purpose theory if having a small car is very very important to someone, then they might want to consider that when deciding how many children to have or where to live. if having lots of kids is important to someone, then might want to consider that when deciding what kind of car to buy! living in the country is great!


the only real point i was trying to make, is that if you choose to have more than one child (or any children, for that matter) you (not you, just the big, general you ) should expect to use more resources ( a bigger car and more gas, or more healthcare, or more food... anything!) if you have three kids, you might need to get a bigger car to accommodate the carseats and gear you need for that many kiddos. ti seems to me that lots of people do just fine with smaller cars and three carseats though!
it would be good if we could find a way to power bigger cars that doesn't require war or raping the earth, but that is a discussion for another board!

i want to reiterate that i have no problem what so ever with having more than one or two or five kids i just don't see the point of making a conspiracy theory out of the size of carseats!

i also want to make sure everyone knows that the comment i made about going back to moses baskets on the floorboards was also sarcastic. hehee

ETA: i also tried to clarify my position in the post that offended you, pixiepunk. i hope that makes more sense!
post #26 of 28
DH and I tried heartbreakingly for years to get me pregnant while we lived in a town. Then we moved far from town into a tiny house thinking it would just be him and me. then..viola! I got preg. after the first year....yup,no mass transit here! Life isn't always a choice it happens
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by mamarootoo View Post
i think that if someone is planning on having more than one or two kids, they should expect to have to use more recourses... that may mean a bigger car, more gas, etc.

not that having more kids is wrong at all. there is always mass transit!
Have you tried public transport with several children? There is a reason why the only mums I know who use public transport (and we have good access where we live), have only one child. I was the only nanny I knew of to use public transport. You should have seen me, one child in the front pack, one in backpack and one in hand (push-chairs are a nuisance on buses, quite hopeless IME) + nappy bags, lunch boxes, sunscreen, hats, extra clothes, rain wear...

And then the bus doesn't come, you're stuck waiting in the rain in some miserable location or a child gets ill and you are two buses and one train-ride away from home, or the only way of getting home from play group means waiting half an hour for the second bus, as the two buses' timetables don't match up, while the children are tired and hungry, and should really have had lunch and be in bed by now!

I went to see a friend in the potty group yesterday. So we took the plain replacement bus into town, then waited half an hour for the train out of the city, got of at the interchange and took a bus to my friend's house. It took an hour and a half, and we had to plan it for lunch time, as I couldn't be sure I'd be there earlier, but then both our daughters missed their sleep...

I don't drive, and we're probably in the only place in the country with enough public transport to make this possible, but travel anywhere is certainly hard work.
post #28 of 28
oh my goodness... i think i'll be done with this thread after this... all i'm doing is reiterating at this point!

AislinCarys, like i said, that comment was a tongue in cheek response to the idea that there is a conspiracy against big families. yes, i have done mass transit with multiple children, and no it is not fun. that's why i have a car.

RadUnschooler, like i said before, i don't have a problem with living in the country. it is a good choice.
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