Originally Posted by ssh
My 5 year old is only allowed to ride in my DHs front seat only little turbocharged car in our driveway. When he comes home from work she gets in his car in the driveway and then they park it in the garage. She loves his Mr2, thinks it's a really cool car. When she's 5' tall and weighs 100lbs, probably about 10 or 11 years old with her current height, she'll be allowed to ride in it outside of our driveway.
I love MY Mr2 and it will be my primary car for me and my new baby. I already haul all my midwifery gear in it.
I've totally participated in club drives. They are usually about 45 minutes of driving, then a photo op, then driving, then food, then driving, then photos and potty, etc. Nice people, too, in general, just the kind of people I'd have kids around. There are a limited number of kids on the drives b/c of the two-seat thing, but usually 4 or 5 out of 30-40 cars.
There is usually a separate spirited ride. I sometimes sit that out b/c I'm not comfortable with the team leader. I'd likely sit that out with a child.
No one's ever flipped. Ever. Anyone who crosses centerline is shunned as a terrible driver.
And the airbag turns off with the key.
I wouldn't fault anyone else for making their own risk/reward decisions. Even if it's different than the decisions I'd make.
I am somewhat dismayed at the attitude some posts have shown towards the child's father - that he is not attuned to his very small child's needs. That speaks poorly of our assumptions of fathers. How can they rise to the challenge when the bar is set too low.