Originally Posted by ishyfishie
I do understand where you're coming from, OP. I often find myself thinking, "Well, this this and that would be solved by turning her, wouldn't it be so much easier, etc etc" but then I make myself watch the crash test videos and I look at her slender little neck and body and realize there's no way I could turn her unless absolutely necessary....
I know it very often feels cut and dried here on MDC (RF is safer, that's that), but I do agree that sometimes there have to be other considerations (though what those considerations are and how important they are to a given family vary widely, obviously!).
I just wanted to thank you for this statement. It's so easy for things to look black and white in print, and you miss the nuances of real life. I'm a CPST Instructor and live and breathe this stuff all the time, but in real life, with a dirt driveway and a muddy, dirty little boy... Well, I'm ready to turn him around, frankly. And then I teach another class, or talk to another parent, or meet someone whose life was impacted by a crash, and I leave him RFing for another week, another month... But don't think that I don't shake my head sometimes and wish I didn't know better, wish I could justify turning him now...