Every Parent Needs to See This Photo of 2 Car Seats After a Horrifying Crash

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Wrestling kids into their car seats is the worst. The straps seem to always get twisted, your kids suddenly grow tentacles, and you can never find that stupid buckle between their legs. You may have wondered if it would really be that big of a deal if you turned the seat forward facing, loosened the straps, or used the big seat belt instead of the harness, just so you don't start your day off drenched in sweat. But this mom's photo shows us just how important it is to take the time to buckle them in right -- every. single. time. 

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Jenna Casado Rabberman, a mom of two from Pennsylvania, posted a sobering photo on Facebook of her children's car seats in front of a pile of metal that used to be her Honda CRV. (It looks horrifying, but don't worry -- everyone's okay!)

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She explained how in the blink of an eye, their ordinary day was shattered. The outcome could have been very different had her boys not been property strapped into their car seats. "Guys ... THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time. Even when they scream because the straps are tight," she wrote. "Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing. We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday. We were minutes from home. Someone sped through a red light and slammed into us. You never think it will happen to you."

Emergency crew confirmed that taking the time to make sure her little guys were secure in their seats is what probably kept them safe. "My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra two minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly," she wrote. "I will be fine, my kids are fine, everything else can be replaced. Sending thanks to God for keeping us safe (along with Honda, Graco, and Chicco)."

Rabberman added that even though the car seats appear to have made it through the crash intact, she'll be replacing them with new ones, as is recommended after an accident.

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When you're trying to get through a hectic day, it's tempting to try to make things easier on yourself. This photo's not an easy one to look at, but hopefully it will remind us that the safety of our kids is one part of our lives where cutting corners isn't worth the risk. 

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