Dear Jess: Sleep-Tricycling
Here’s the first in a new occasional series in which I will ask myself questions and then reply. I’ll be my own agony aunt. Today’s question concerns parenting and road safety:
Is it safe to allow my not-quite-eighteen month old to ride a tricycle on a public road while she is fast asleep?
Yours, uncertain of the rules of the road,
Not really, no. It’s actually rather dangerous. She was probably swaying quite a lot, am I right? You probably had to keep propping her back into an upright position, slumped over the handlebars, to stop her from tumbling onto the road. I suspect you already knew it a bit unsafe, didn’t you? Because you did pick her up a couple of times, but when she sleep-griped ‘Bike…bike…’ you put her back on and let her continue.
I think you are asking the wrong question here. What you should ask is ‘Is it funny?’ My answer to that is yes, so it’s okay to do it.