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The safe magic carpet ride

The other day I brought out the yoga mat – attempting to do a little exercise.  Mary quickly came to my side and sat on the mat which immediately became her “magic carpet.”

Beginning one of our flights, Mary said, “Time to put on seatbelts!”  She obviously is my daughter.

But in thinking about it more, it’s really not my influence on her that gave her the idea of seat belts.  It’s amazing to me how so many of her favorite television shows address safety in a subtle, yet important way.

Her favorite, Disney’s Sophia the First, introduced her to the magic carpet (in the episode where Sophia meets Princess Jasmine). Sophia has also worn a helmet, thanks to Baileywick the castle steward, played by Tim Gunn, who was prepared with “helmets for all” during a camping trip. And Cedric the Sorcerer, another one of Sophia’s friends, also designed a flying machine – with seatbelts and all!

Mary has also seen Special Agent Oso, the animated bear version of James Bond 007, who has taught Mary how to be safe around dogs by following three simple steps – asking the owner for permission, holding out a hand for the dog to sniff and then gently petting the dog.

Who can forget the animated Chuggington with lovable trains who frequently mention safety issues such as wearing a seat belt? These adorable characters were part of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Child Passenger Safety Week in September.

From helmets to seatbelts, dog safety to hand washing – it’s amazing to see how these important messages are being woven into entertaining cartoons and resonating with kids – hopefully helping to create the safest generation we’ve seen yet!

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