Mommy Dearest,

My two-year-old daughter refuses to sit in her carseat. We live in a small town where I have to drive to get groceries and run errands. How can I get her to buckle up without constantly going to battle? I wake up each morning dreading the day.

—Child Can't Stand Carseat

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Child Can't Stand Carseat,

This situation is all too familiar. My son arches his back and turns into the Incredible Hulk four or five times a week when I try and strap him in his carseat. It's particularly fun when he screams like he's being murdered outside a busy shopping center. I feel your pain. Unfortunately, the only solution I've come up with is to distract him with a toy or gadget in the process. I let my son open our electric garage door once he's secured in his seat or hand him a lil car or sticker. Or, I try and get him interested in things going on outside of the vehicle like a motorcycle whizzing by or an airplane overhead. Let's turn this one over to the readers and see what they have to say.

— Mommy Dearest

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