Californians are all up in their own grilles over a new ban on cellphones while driving. From the LA Times:
The distraction caused by children is likely at least as serious a problem as cellphones. Unlike cellphones, it is not a problem that lends itself to public outrage or legislation.The obvious solution would be for people to realize the problem--and the serious risk they pose when they're distracted by their kids--and take responsibility for themselves.
But the official recommendations for calming kids and not losing it yourself sound utterly ridiculous ["think about the tension draining from your body. Repeat 'I'm calm.' "], and old-fashioned rules, like making the kid walk home, would get you thrown in the slammer these days. And what do you do if the kid can't walk yet, only scream at the top of his lungs?
There've been times when I've been alone in the car when the kid's turned it up to 11, and I have had to consciously throw all pride and self-consciousness out the window, and just sing like a complete idiot, hoping to distract her and bring her down. It seriously felt like a matter of survival.