Every parent comes to know the hard truth that traveling with a child for long periods of time can be challenging. Especially so for younger kids that can’t yet entertain themselves. For the Easter holiday my husband decided to rent a car for the two hour drive to my grandmother’s which became a four hour haul counting both ways. He chose the one with the DVD player because turning on the television instantly grabs and holds their attention, particularly when they are strapped into car seats.
I used to be strongly against the use of dvd players in vehicles and still am skeptical, though I will admit that it makes the drive much more pleasant for everyone involved. The main concern, of course, is that adults have—and will, certainly—lose focus on their driving while paying attention to the movie. While the models coming out today do not allow the driver to watch unless the car is in park—during which the screen up front in the console switches on—accidents do happen.
I know there are more and probably better ways to make a car ride more bearable. I can’t wait for license plate games and singalongs. My girls are both three and under, and can’t read—nor have either memorized song lyrics—so that will be a little while. Nor can we afford to rent a vehicle each time we travel. Kids keep us creative, always searching for solutions to life’s everyday problems. What are some of your solutions for road-trip boredom?