Message Monday - Hug your kids at home, buckle them in the car

9-18 message mondayThere’s nothing quite like a hug. When you hug someone it releases oxytocin, also known as 'the cuddle hormone.' That's what makes you feel warm inside. Psychologists also say that oxytocin promotes feelings of devotion, trust, and bonding. This allows us to connect to other people.

But the time for a hug is not when you are traveling in a car. For the safety of everyone in the vehicle, the safest place for each passenger to be is in their own seat with their seatbelt or child safety seat securely fastened. Think of the click of that seat belt around your child as a special hug you can provide while moving down the road. A properly restrained person is much less likely to be injured or killed in the event of a crash. But children are especially vulnerable. Even a simple swerve to avoid an obstacle in the road can cause injury to an unbelted child.

Wonder which seat is right for your youngster? Here's a link to find the right seat for your child

Hopefully you won't relate this North Carolina mom who was taking her children and a few friends swimming. One of her children will never come home again -

The fatality count of 232 is an increase of seven since last Monday. In all of 2016, 404 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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