When we say “Kristen Bell’s hack” we actually mean Kristen Bell’s sister-in-law’s hack, because the actor has attributed this simple, must-know kid safety rule to her.
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"hands on the circle!" The phrase we say as we jump out of the car. "Hands on the circle" (the circle is the gas cap)was invented by my brilliant sister in law, and has thus far kept all kiddos safe from any oncoming traffic while I unload the trunk. #momlife #momhacks #mom
“Hands on the circle!”
Many, many of us have been there. Armloads of shopping and juggling a baby and toddler (or preschooler) into the car as traffic goes whizzing by. Gulp.
You’ve probably developed your own way to ensure you know exactly where your “loose” child is at these moments, even?
“Hold mummy’s shirt!” or “Hands on the car” or “Hold the door handle” kinds of things, if you will?
Kristen’s sister-in-law taught her a super simple, go-to version of this near-the-road safety rule and it’s part geometry lesson, part safety approach.
The actor and mum-of-two uploaded a cute shot of the family’s “hands on the circle” rule to Instagram and it started a great conversation about keeping children safe during these often stressful car loading or unloading situations.
“Hands on the circle!” The phrase we say as we jump out of the car. “Hands on the circle” (the circle is the gas cap) was invented by my brilliant sister in law, and has thus far kept all kiddos safe from any oncoming traffic while I unload the trunk. #momlife #momhacks #mom” Kristen captioned her Instagram photo of two little hands planted on her car’s petrol cap.
Other mums and dads nodded in recognition and shared their own version of Kristen’s petrol cap tip in the comments of her Instagram post.
“My mom always used hands on the safety lights!! Meaning the headlights!! If you pulled into a parking spot (not backed into it) the kiddos are most likely on the sidewalk or somewhere they can’t be hit,” one follower wrote.
“My mom always made me hold onto her shirt when we were walking through parking lots & her hands were full,” another posted.
“We do hold mommies leg. One holds my leg while I unbuckle the other and vice versa,” a mum shared.
“Yup. Or if the trunk is down, it’s touch a letter on the licence plate,” another offered.
Alert, not alarmed
All GOOD suggestions – accompanied with an eagle eye and zero complacency, of course.
The NRMA blog also agrees that a careful approach when getting in and out of the car with multiple children is vital and life-saving.
“If you have more than one child you should give some thought to the order in which you place them in and out of the car. As a general rule, younger children should be the first out if they’re easily restrained or held and all kids should be in and out of the car via the door closest to the kerb,” mum Megan Blandford says, writing for the NRMA.
Very. Good. Call.
How about your family? How do you tackle these tricky transitional moments with your kids? Do you have a go-to rule to keep them safe when loading and unloading the car?