Helmets are good for everyone regardless of your age.
We’ve all heard the expression, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Whether we’ve heard it from our parents, or we ourselves have used it on our kids. For instance, we may tell our kids to only eat one cookie because our bodies don’t need all that sugar. But then after the kids are in bed, we may very well eat two, or three, or sometimes four cookies! Another example…we tell our kids that it is important to go to bed on time because our bodies need the sleep so they can grow strong and be ready for another day, and then we, ourselves, go to bed way too late and burn the candle at both ends.
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Why do we do this?
When did it become OK to make sure we are taking care of our children, but to discount our own health and wellness? Here is another classic example. Your family is going out on a family bike ride. Your kids are all wearing helmets because you have drilled it into them that they cannot ride a bike without a helmet. It is just not safe to do otherwise. But are you wearing a helmet? Too many times I have seen parents opting out of wearing a helmet.
A few years back, I was cycling, going about 20 mph, and out of nowhere, I lost control, clipped the curb, and flipped over. I had some cuts and bruises, and had a pretty good headache. My helmet actually had a dent in it from the crash. But had I not been wearing a helmet, it could have been so much worse.
So, while it may be harder to really eat only one cookie, or go to bed a little earlier, putting on a helmet when riding a bike (whether with your kids or not) should be a no brainer and is an easy way we can actually practice what we preach.
– John Watson is an experienced personal injury attorney with Bogin, Munns, & Munns, a full service law firm with offices in Orlando, Clermont, Kissimmee, Orange City, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Melbourne, Gainesville, and Leesburg, Florida. Mr. Watson works out of the Orlando office of the firm and welcomes questions and comments regarding the above. Mr. Watson can be reached at [email protected].
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