#therightseat Giveaway- Child Passenger Safety Week

Y’all know that I am passionate about car seat safety. So I’m super excited to bring you a giveaway to promote Child Passenger Safety Week! ! Here’s your opportunity to learn a little more about Child Passenger Safety and maybe win a $100 Amazon gift card! After you enter the giveaway, make sure you tell me in the comments what you’ll do with the money if you win! Good Luck!

I am sharing this post as part of a Bloggin’ Mamas Social Good Campaign, and was not compensated for doing so.
Spread the Message and Win! Help everyone make sure they have #therightseat for their child. Giveaway ends 9/24/15. US 18+

Blog­gin’ Mamas is sup­port­ing the Ad Coun­cil and The Depart­ment of Transportation’s National High­way Traf­fic Safety Admin­is­tra­tion (NHTSA) by shar­ing the word about Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Week (September 13-19, 2015) and National Seat Check Saturday (September 19, 2015).

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the USA? In 2013, a child under 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds.

One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to encourage parents and caregivers to visit; to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size and to locate a car seat inspection event in their area. Additionally, parents and caregivers will be urged to register their child’s car seat with the manufacturer so as to be informed in the event of a recall.

Some Child Passenger Safety Tips:

  • Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age and allows some room growth.
  • Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.
  • Before putting your child in a car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works and how to install it.
  • All-in-One car seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with harness, then booster. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time, which physicians and safety experts strongly recommend.

Remember, the best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, fits in your vehicle correctly, and which you’ll use every time…

The information here can help you choose the right seat for your child. Keep in mind that:

  • Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Children ages 1-3 should be kept rear-facing as long as they fit the car seat.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
  • Be certain you’ve installed your car seat correctly by having it checked at an inspection station or by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Bring the car seat instructions AND the vehicle owner’s manual with you to a seat check appointment!

Car Seat Installation Resources:

If a car seat is not installed correctly, your child’s safety could be compromised. Every car seat has different installation instructions. You can find resources and tips here to help you get “the right fit” on your car seats:;
Free Car Seat Inspections: During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be events across the country where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect car seats and show parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use them. In most cases, this service is free of charge. Locate a car seat check event here:;

Child Passenger Safety Week twitter party



Have more questions? Join the Child Passenger Safety Week Twitter Chat on 9/16/15 2p-3p EST. Follow @NHTSAgov and #therightseat.

The Giveaway

To help you make sure your child has #therightseat, Bloggin’ Mamas is sponsoring this $100 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!

Give­away begins Sep­tem­ber 10th, 2015 at 12:01 am and ends September 24th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US res­i­dents age 18 and older.
Win­ner will be selected by and be noti­fied by email. See Giveaway Tools wid­get below for full terms & conditions.

Dis­clo­sure: Starfish Confidential has not been compensated in any way for this post or giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Blog­gin’ Mamas is host­ing this give­away and coor­di­nat­ing prize ful­fill­ment. Ele­ment Asso­ciates, The Ad Coun­cil and the NHTSA are in no way respon­si­ble for the give­away, and only pro­vided the above con­tent to be dis­trib­uted in the form of a PSA.

A Note on Giveaways

Short version: I’m not going to be doing many more giveaways. I don’t believe that my target readers care about them, the time commitment for getting them posted and advertised is too great for the benefits, and I don’t care for the unintended and unexpected consequences.
Long version: If a blogger writes an uproarious, yet thought-provoking, commentary and no one reads it… what was the point?
As a brand-new blogger, realizing that people were reading my blog – that people actually cared about MY words, was intoxicating. Then companies started to notice that people actually cared about what I said. And they started offering to GIVE ME STUFF just so I could tell people what I thought about it. I joined some blogger groups to find out how to increase my reader base (and quite honestly get more stuff to review). And I discovered giveaways. So I did a few and I had very strict guidelines for myself as far as the types of giveaways in which I would participate. And that seemed to go okay. I participated in just a few giveaways – and only ones that I thought my readers would be like.
Then I went to the NFPA/FSFAPA Conference in June, and had a literally life-changing experience. (yes, I realize that is painfully cheesy, but it’s true) I realized that my life focus had been all wrong – it was no longer enough to be a CPA who is a foster parent; foster care advocacy needed to be my focus. There were a lot of details to work out, but I knew that this blog would be integral.

I also knew that I needed to increase my following, for two reasons:

  1. it’s difficult to be influential and affect change if you’re only talking to 12 people
  2. in order to work less and focus more on foster care advocacy, I have to replace at least some of that income. More readers still means more opportunities for sponsored posts and reviews.
So I vaulted onto the giveaway bandwagon. And I basically lost my mind AND my focus.
Yes, I’ve gained more facebook and twitter followers. But it’s hard to be proud of the numbers because I know that it’s not actually people who are interested in what I have to say. I actually no longer have a reliable way to measure how many people care what I’m thinking. And I would say that most of the “followers” I’ve added have no experience with or interest in child welfare (as evidenced by a recent rash of facebook comments that make me wonder “why are you even following me?”).
I sincerely apologize that it has taken me this long to realize how far I’ve detoured. SuperDad says I shouldn’t entirely swear off giveaways – that I should just go back to my initial very specific restrictions. I haven’t decided about that, but I’m sure I’ll let you know when I do.
Meanwhile, I have managed to narrow down my new direction – my purpose is going to be to advocate for and educate foster parents. I will have more information on that soon, but for now, this post has already gotten far too long.
In closing
  • if you started following me for my earlier content and have continued following me in spite of the giveaways and lack of focus – thank you for sticking with me and I’ll try to do better from here on out.
  • if you started following me because of the giveaways, but have become interested in foster care, adoption or transracial parenting – I am so glad you found me and I hope you’ll enjoy my renewed focus on what really matters to me.
  • if you started following me because of the giveaways, and are only interested in giveaways – well… my feelings won’t be hurt if you realize you’ve found yourself on the wrong train.

Hint: It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.