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Old 09-18-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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We've been having major battles with DS to get him to and especially from daycare: He will literally kick and scream and hit me when I try to get him in the car some days. It finally dawned on me that it's not actually daycare or home (or whatever destination) that's the thing he's resisting -- it's the car ride. We have a half an hour drive each way to daycare (at my workplace); he simply hates the car ride.

So, I need suggestions for things to make a regular, long car ride more fun for an almost three year old. He is still RFing and I'd like to keep him that way until he outgrows his seat, but something that will also work when I turn him around would be good. I've thought of a busy book but I think it would last about two days. I'm considering a DVD player, but that's a lot of screen time, plus I'm not convinced they're very safe (since they're not crash tested).

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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Re: Making our commute nicer for DS

Is he artsy? Isn't there like some lap-desk type thing that are made to be safe in the car that he could make all sorts of creations on? Or what about a small, soft car track with cars, if he likes that type of thing. For us we just love singing and looking at scenery, but we aren't in the car near that much.
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Re: Making our commute nicer for DS

The only thing that really keeps my kids (all ages, even my 2 yr old!) engaged is "kid music". They love listening to it!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #8
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Thanks for the ideas! We've tried singing (works occasionally to entertain him) and for a long time I had only kids CDs playing. I can often calm him these days by offering to tell him a story ('about Owen and Mary the big bad wolf and the giant and the wild things,' lol). But none of these things seem to help with actually getting him into the car, even if they keep him somewhat entertained once he's there.

A lovey that's only for in the car might help. He just recently started napping again at school and his napping coincided with his bringing in a stuffed snake that he likes.

He is artsy, but they do tons of art at daycare, so I'm not sure it would be a draw. He adores puzzles, though; perhaps I can get him a lap desk and a set of car-only puzzles.

We have an ispy bag but he only likes it when I play with him.
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A dvd player helped for us! We went from crying most of the time to practically never.
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