Coco's Blog

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:57

Traffic Safety Campaign with Chuggington!

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, all opinions expressed are my own

I am so happy to be tell you about "¡Piensa seguro, viaja seguro, mantente seguro!", a Spanish-language public service program with an interactive website at   It is an awesome program that is brought to you by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Ludorum, the producers of the Chuggington™ television series. The link is for the Spanish website, but there is an English version here. ¡Piensa seguro, viaja seguro, mantente seguro!” or 'Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!' in English provides families with young children tools they need to help their child walk and ride more safely.

Can I share a secret with you? I was terrified to learn to drive. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until I was in college that I took and passed my driving exam. Why did I wait so long? Well, when I was young I lost one a close family member in a car accident. I slowly overcame my fear of the open road, but then I became a parent and my fear of being in a car accident with my children was very real. Car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children ages two through six.

Kids eating ice creamThese 5 often very people are my loves. I worry about them in so many ways, but especially when I drive. I have never been a wreckless driver, but I certainly feel like I drive more cautiously when they are in my vehicle. I think all of us want to keep our children safe from car crashes. And, of course, I worry about them when they ride their bikes and go for walks. With so many small children, it’s nearly impossible for me to hover over them and protect them every moment. The best thing that I can do for them acknowledge that accidents happen and expose them to teaching them practical tips could save them from serious injury or death.

That’s why I love the new "¡Piensa seguro, viaja seguro, mantente seguro!” It’s a great resource fo bike, school bus, car and walking tips for the whole family.  My kids enjoyed it the interactive destination allows kids to learn while playing with their favorite Chuggington characters.

The traffic safety campaign is geared to kids preschool-aged to 1st grade and focus on four main areas: pedestrian, bus, bike and car seat safety. The interactive format is great because my kids learn best when they are engaged…and they rather learn about safety from interactive lessons are hosted by the ‘trainees’ of Chuggington, Wilson, Koko and Brewster.

Here are my kiddos working on a few of the print outs from the website...

On a final note, I am so pleased that this joint initiative between The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the producers of the Chuggington™ is in Spanish. It has been my experience that there are alack of resources geared towards the Spanish speaking community.   The website is a great resource the community and for all families with young children!

Published in Healthy & Green Living
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 19:19

Summer Safety - Check Your Car

Boy in car seatThe past few weeks have been a little stressful around here. Part of it was due to the fact that my husband was in China and then Chicago for a very long business trip, but it seems like my mind has been centered on my children’s safety a lot and it’s been stressing me out.

A 2 year old boy that we knew from our church died last week in his family’s pool.  It happened in the few minutes he was left unsupervised, someone thought that someone else was watching him….This just breaks my heart. We don't have a pool, but we have friends that do and we have access to a community pool, so these pool stories always scare me.

Today I came across an article in that addresses accidental car seat deaths of children. The children left in their car seats die from from the extreme cold or hot temperatures inside the vehicle.  Most of the stories that I have read on accidental car deaths of children involved irresponsible parents.  You know, you hear about the parent or caretaker who wanted to run errands and left the child in the car or worse yet, they wanted to do something fun and didn’t want the child with them.

However, this article highlights the fact that most of these car seat deaths happen to children whose parents are probably just as neurotic about baby proofing and child safety as many of us are.  The accidents typically happen to tired, overworked or stressed out parents who forgot their child was in the car...the stories and grief of some of these parents are shared in the article. It also offers some very helpful suggestions on how to help keep your children safe in the car.

Sometimes I stop and laugh at my fears. I ask myself if all the baby proofing is necessary.  Do I really need to follow my kids 100% of the time at the park?  You know how it is, you hear about something horrible happening to a child and you can’t even begin to imagine the same thing happening to your child, so you can go a little crazy in protecting them.  My siblings and I grew up in a very loving home and I am sure my mom kept a watchful eye on us, but she certainly hadn’t baby proofed the house the way we have.  However, it’s not the lack of baby proofing that freaks me out; but rather the horrible accidents that sometimes happen to children, despite being in loving and caring environments.  I pray every day for my kid's safety and do my best to watch over them…

Published in Family & Culture