When I was six years old I remember struggling with putting on backseat car belts.
We have a Mazda 6 - and the 'autolock' feature of the belts means you have to apply constant pressure to keep pulling it out all the way, and if you stop, it locks, and you have to put it all the way back in.
My son struggles with this, because he will pause pulling it down, and doesn't have the patience to push it all the way back up and start again.
I had a similar issue as a child. Surely other people have seen this with their children. Right now I stand at the open door, pull down the belt and hold it having pulled it out fully whilst he clicks it in.
(My eight-year-old daughter has never really had an issue in the eight years we've had the car, either due to greater patience or dexterity or something.)
My question is: My 6-year-old son struggles with his 'safety lock' car seat belt - is there anything I can help him with this?
- It turns out changing from the left hand side of the car to the right hand side makes a massive difference - presumably a left-hand right-hand coordination thing. (He is right handed).
- In watching, the reason he pauses is to move his hand up the belt after having extended his reach, but during the 'pause' he releases pressure and the auto-lock kicks in. He hasn't quite got the mental model that you have to keep applying the pressure to keep it coming down.