I'm pretty much a hypocrite.
Proof positive? Here is my four-year-old kid riding on a four-wheeler without a helmet.
Yeah, that just happened. Of course, I was internally freaking out the whole time, recalling stories of people who felt invincible on vacation, only to end up wishing they had listened to their gut instincts whispering about helmet laws and other cars on the road. Unfortunately, there was a really big voice in my head screaming at me to just let my kid have fun for once. And she did have fun. In fact, Eric said she kept yelling at him to "Go Faster Faster Faster!!!" I'm pretty sure she's going prom on the back of a Harley. Or the front. We really can't be sure with this one.
She had fun, and I'm glad I got pictures, because seriously kid, that was a once in MY lifetime event. I don't have the nerves of steel required for life on grandpa's farm in a small Utah town.