Okay, so not really, but sort of. In the states I have certain rules that I follow because they are the rules. Like car seats. Anyone who is my friend in the states knows that I can be a little crazy when it comes to Maisie’s car seat being installed properly. No way would I ever have it any other way. Well, I get to Europe and right away (the first day in Amsterdam) she is riding in the middle seat with a seat belt, no car seat or or booster or anything! And for some reason I tell myself this is okay because the cab driver is allowing me to do it and I don’t know the rules/laws anyways for this sort of thing in Europe. We now have a car seat, but I still don’t have the piece to it that makes the seat belt really tight. :s We don’t really ride in the car that much anyways. Maybe just once a week.
Today we rode bicycles to the market which is across the city. Normally, Maisie would be in a bike seat either on the front of the bike or the back, but we don’t yet have all the parts to install it onto a bike. So anyways, Justin put her in The Ergo Baby Carrier on his back and off we went! It was a pretty cute sight! Another weird European (or Dutch) thing is that nobody here wears helmets. Not even the kids. So yeah, Maisie didn’t wear one either. We don’t even have one.
I just find it interesting how when I am in the states, I view things differently than when I am in Europe. Some things seem more okay here than other things. Maybe it is my ignorance of not REALLY understanding the culture and laws or maybe it is just that people here aren’t as driven by fear as us Americans are. I’m not sure, but it is seriously weird how quickly I can go from car seat psycho to what Americans might think of as a neglecting parent.