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post #141 of 237
Paula
post #142 of 237
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Originally Posted by heartmommyak View Post
Here's the entire safety seat law: http://www.carseatsak.org/Links/inde...tion=AlaskaLaw

To me it sounds like if they're over 8, it's recommended but not required (if they're under the height or weight limit). If they're under 8 and under the height or weight limit, they're required to be in a booster.

I looked at your link and this is what I get too.

Here is a good one from that link.....

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If your child turns eight years old and you are not sure if he/she is ready for using a seat belt alone - try The 5 Step Booster Test:

1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
Yes, I do
2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the front edge of the auto seat?
Depends on the vehicle but sometimes my legs are too short to do this
3. Does the shoulder belt cross between the shoulder and neck?
Never, even in cars with adjustable height controls on the shoulder belts, they always hit me at the neck. I'm 5'4"
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
I guess so
5. Can the child stay seated comfortably like this for the entire trip?
No, because that dang shoulder strap digs into my neck.

IF YOU ANSWER "NO" TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, YOUR CHLD NEEDS A BOOSTER SEAT TO RIDE SAFLY IN THE CAR.
Does this mean I should be in a booster seat too??
post #143 of 237
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
No sticky again. Started feeling the little contractions come and go about 6:45 pm. Had no warning this time.
Then on top of that, I twisted my knee again
So, I took some Advil, and dh is running to the store to get me some Ben and Jerry's, and we are going to curl up and lose ourselves in a good movie.

I'm so glad we did not tell anyone in real life this time.
Makes it easier I think.

post #144 of 237
Now they've put a ridiculous article in the FDNM, saying that the law says that after FOUR years of age the driver gets to choose whether or not to use a booster! I get so danged frustrated w/ the News Miner...it's ridiculous how many mistakes in editing are made when these people are PAID TO REPORT!

I still read the "or" as meaning I'm liable for a fine until E gains a few lbs *and* grows a bit.

Sigh.

love, p
post #145 of 237
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Originally Posted by spruce View Post
Now they've put a ridiculous article in the FDNM, saying that the law says that after FOUR years of age the driver gets to choose whether or not to use a booster! I get so danged frustrated w/ the News Miner...it's ridiculous how many mistakes in editing are made when these people are PAID TO REPORT!

I still read the "or" as meaning I'm liable for a fine until E gains a few lbs *and* grows a bit.

Sigh.

love, p
I agree P, that it is confusing! Especially when it is written so differently so many different times!

Here is the part that pertains to the kids over 8 from the link listed above.

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(5) eight years of age [FOR A CHILD SAFETY DEVICE FOR INFANTS. IF THE CHILD IS FOUR] but less than [NOT YET] 16 years of age who does not exceed the height and weight requirements in (3) of this subsection [, THE CHILD] shall be properly secured in a child safety device approved for a child of that [AGE AND] size by the United States Department of Transportation or in a safety belt, whichever is appropriate for the particular child as determined solely by the driver.
ADN today says this

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Some state rules for child restraints in cars have changed

Under the law taking effect Tuesday, most children between the ages of 4 and 8 must be in a booster seat.

The driver can decide whether to use a car seat or seat belt for most children older than 4 or over 65 pounds or taller than 4-feet-9 inches.

The Anchorage Daily News reports anyone older than 8 must at least wear a seat belt.

The fine for an adult not wearing a seat belt is $15. Violating the child safety-seat law can result in a fine up to $50.
post #146 of 237
Good News ladies!

I wrote to APD and got a wonderful email back that really clarified the Booster Seat law.

I cannot cut and paste it from my MAC, seems something is not compatalbe and it messed up.
But I will happily email it to anyone that asked. I'll also try again tomorrow to paste it here from a different computer.

It basically says that kids over 8 are fine in a seat belt even if they are under weight or under the height requirement. Their restraint is up to the DRIVER's discretion.
Kids under 8 must be over 67lbs or over 57 inches to be out of a booster seat.

My email is Roadfamily6now@Hotmail.com
post #147 of 237
From APD
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Q. Who should use a booster seat and how are they used?
A: Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. All booster seats must be used with a lap/shoulder seatbelt. Booster seats lift a child up allowing the lap belt to fit low and snug across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt to fit snug across the chest to provide the necessary protection in a crash. Most children need a booster until about 8 years of age and 4’9” tall.
Q. What are the consequences of not using a booster under AS 28.05.099?
A: “A person convicted of a violation of AS 28.05.095 (b) is guilty of an infraction, and may be fined up to $50. The person may also be assessed demerit points as determined by regulations of the department, notwithstanding the provisions of AS 28.15.231 (b). A person who violates AS 28.05.095 (b) by failing to provide a child safety device or safety belt may provide a peace officer, including a village safety officer, proof of purchase or acquisition, and installation, of an approved child safety device or safety belt. If the proof is provided within 30 days after the issuance of a citation for the infraction, the court shall dismiss the citation and no points shall be assessed under this subsection unless the person has
(1) been convicted previously for violating AS 28.05.095 by failing to provide a child safety device or safety belt;
(2) been cited for failure to provide a child safety device or safety belt and has forfeited the bail required by the citation; or
(3) provided proof under this subsection on a prior occasion.”
The law of physics is not as kind. A child that should be in a booster but is instead seated in only a seat belt, can suffer death or serious injury in a crash. Injuries associated with poor seat belt fit include ejection, internal injuries including serious abdominal, and spinal damage.
Q. Should I use a high back or no-back booster?
A: No-back boosters, which do not have a back, may only be used in vehicles with a head rest or a seat back that comes above your child’s ears when s/he is sitting in the booster.
High back boosters can be used in vehicles with or without headrests
Q. What if my child is 9 years old, but only 4 feet 6 inches tall (or shorter)? Under the law would s/he be able to be seated with just a seat belt?
A:: If your child is between 8 and 16 years of age “then the child shall be
properly secured in a child safety device approved for a child of age and size by the United States DOT or in a safety belt, whichever is appropriate for the particular child as determined solely by the driver”
However the best safety practice would be to keep them in a booster until they can safely fit in a lap shoulder seatbelt using the 5-step test. Please see the next Q&A
Q. What are the best practice recommendations to keep my child safe?
A: *Children should ride in a child safety seat with a harness as long as possible, usually 40 pounds. If the child safety seats are rated to higher weights with the harness, then the child should continue to use the seat with the harness.
The 5-Step Test. Children over 40 pounds should use a booster until the answer to all of these questions is yes:

Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?

Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?

Does the belt cross the collarbone between the neck and arm?

Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the hips and thighs?

Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?
*Adapted from Partners for Child Passenger Safety and Safety Belt Safe USA.
Q. Where can I learn more about Alaska’s new requirements regarding booster seats?
State of AK, Office of Highway Safety 465-5642
State of AK, Division of Public Health, 269-5221
Injury Prevention & EMS (IPEMS)
AK Injury Prevention Center 929-3939
Safe Kids–AK (Anchorage) 212-3194
Safe Kids-Kenai 714-4539
Safe Kids-Fairbanks 458-7233
Safe Kids-Mat-Su 352-1229
Safe Kids South Peninsula (Homer) 235-7712
Juneau Police Dept 586-0612
post #148 of 237
Thanks, Tammy.

On another note, let's talk winter stuff.

Do you put away toys and games *just* for winter inside days? Do you have crafts or movies or things you only do when it's super cold? What do you do differently in the winter with your kids (aside from winter sports)?

With kids from 3-16 yo at home, I'm trying to round up more awesome ideas for inside stuff...not just, "Get back to your homework!" yk? Any ideas specifically for the colder months would be appreciated.

Right now, what I can remember that has worked well:

Needlefelting

Art classes on video (we use Atelier), but this is very mom-intensive and often involves paint, which isn't such a big deal unless you have a 3 year old!

Lots and lots and lots of reading

Dress up

Doll houses, Legos, MegaBlox, K'Nex, Magnetix

Books on CD while they do a handwork project

"Shipwreck" (a game they play in karate that they really like playing at home, too)

Ropes and knots

String games

Chess

Many, many board games and card games

We're tearing our garden out this week and prepping for winter. Firing up the wood stove tonight, as well.

A. is receiving an award at Youth Court tonight, although she doesn't know it. I'm so proud of both the girls for their hard work!

Rabrog, I don't know if you have an older kid in TSD (I think your eldest is an orange belt, correct?) but Orange belt testing is this Friday at 5pm (maybe 5:30, can't remember which). So if s/he needs a white stripe, it's testing time! Or if s/he has a white stripe, time to test up.

If your eldest is a Little Dragon, never mind.

love, p
post #149 of 237
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
No sticky again. Started feeling the little contractions come and go about 6:45 pm. Had no warning this time.
Then on top of that, I twisted my knee again
So, I took some Advil, and dh is running to the store to get me some Ben and Jerry's, and we are going to curl up and lose ourselves in a good movie.

I'm so glad we did not tell anyone in real life this time.
Makes it easier I think.

I'm SO very, very sorry
post #150 of 237
Thread Starter 
About this car seat thing... am I the only one that reads that a child safety seat is to include a booster seat? I seriously thought the booster seat thing was already a law. Am I wrong that they don't have to be in a Car Seat??? There are only a couple of manufacturers that even rate car seats for up to 65 pounds (I know... because we paid almost 300 bucks for it). I read the article and just assumed it meant the booster (which like I said, I thought was already a law).
post #151 of 237
Thread Starter 
Obviously I need to read all the way through the threads before asking questions.
post #152 of 237
okay ladies, wish me luck! I am trying my hand at homemade yogurt today.

So, what about adding fruit and stuff to make it sweeter? I dont really care for plain yogurt to eat. I only use it for cooking and for my falafal and gyro sauce! LOL
post #153 of 237
if you want sweeter yogurt, i recommend adding fruit or jam or honey as you dish it up for serving.

i just separated a gallon of cream from four gallons of goat milk. now what should i do with it and the reduced fat milk? i'm thinking butter and ricotta...
post #154 of 237
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
okay ladies, wish me luck! I am trying my hand at homemade yogurt today.

So, what about adding fruit and stuff to make it sweeter? I dont really care for plain yogurt to eat. I only use it for cooking and for my falafal and gyro sauce! LOL
ITA with mtnmama... we just add a spoon of organic preserves, or some agave or maple syrup to ours. My fav is a spoon of strawberry preserves and a handful of granola. SO yummy!

We also use a lot of yogurt in smoothies. My DD would live off of smoothies if I let her. Thankfully she doesn't even care if I throw in spinach, wheat grass, whatever ... she happily slurps them down.
post #155 of 237
Funny, Karen, I have just started today drinking smoothies so I can hide the spinach in them. I tend to be borderline anemic, but a lot of the foods that are good sources of iron I just don't like. I have a feeling I don't get enough vitamin c, either. So, bought some kefir (which I'd never had before) and mixed it with some fruit and spinach (and a little bit of milk) and plan to drink one several times a week. It was quite good, though Autumn took a sip and said it tasted weird.
post #156 of 237
Awesome ideas on the yogurt. Smoothies! I forgot about that.



P, your winter ideas are fantastic!
post #157 of 237
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Originally Posted by tallanvor View Post
Funny, Karen, I have just started today drinking smoothies so I can hide the spinach in them. I tend to be borderline anemic, but a lot of the foods that are good sources of iron I just don't like. I have a feeling I don't get enough vitamin c, either. So, bought some kefir (which I'd never had before) and mixed it with some fruit and spinach (and a little bit of milk) and plan to drink one several times a week. It was quite good, though Autumn took a sip and said it tasted weird.
okay but you need to remember that calcium and iron dont work when taken together.
post #158 of 237
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Originally Posted by tallanvor View Post
Funny, Karen, I have just started today drinking smoothies so I can hide the spinach in them. I tend to be borderline anemic, but a lot of the foods that are good sources of iron I just don't like. I have a feeling I don't get enough vitamin c, either. So, bought some kefir (which I'd never had before) and mixed it with some fruit and spinach (and a little bit of milk) and plan to drink one several times a week. It was quite good, though Autumn took a sip and said it tasted weird.
You can really mask the spinach if you add blueberries. It takes the green color away too LOL I also find some pineapple is really good at masking veggie flavors.
post #159 of 237
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
okay but you need to remember that calcium and iron don't work when taken together.
I had never heard that before.
post #160 of 237
Okay, went and did some research on the whole iron/calcium thing and the only thing anyone seemed to agree on was that calcium supplements could inhibit the absorption of iron. Some sites said that too much calcium could cause problems and some sites said that natural sources of both in a regular diet should not cause problems.
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