I’m a born and bred Angeleno. People in LA spend a great deal of time in their cars. Sometimes, driving can be agonizingly painful. Mix in a couple of whining or fighting children, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, though, there are ways to make it through intact. If these tricks worked for me in rush hour traffic on the dreaded 405 (remember Carmeggedon?), they will work for you wherever you live. Keep in mind that these tricks are for kids, not babies. Huge distinction here. Do not feed little babies in the car… they can choke and *cough* I may be speaking from experience (darn arrowroot teething biscuit).
1. Stick various books and magazines in the car. 1 of 7
If you have multiple children, make sure that there are enough interesting things for all of them. I call it the roaming library. Throw some notebooks and pens in the car if the urge to scribble arises.
2. I’m a big snacks in car kind of person. 2 of 7
I try to keep them on the non-messy side. Things that work: apples, big fruits, and things that take a while to munch. Things that drive me crazy: popcorn, chips, and anything that crumbles. They will find their way into the crevices of your car, never to be seen or heard from again.
3. Music that everyone can agree on (meaning, Momma’s choice) 3 of 7
I love me some Capital and Fitz and the Tantrums. Everything else can stay home.
4. If things get too loud, pull over. 4 of 7
Remind your children that Momma needs a safe place to drive in. Being too loud is simply not a safe environment. Keep in mind that you may pull over and no one may notice. If that's the case, twiddle your thumbs.
5. For insanely long road trips, don’t be afraid of electronics. 5 of 7
Seriously, those holier-than-thou parents that shun monitors may not have been stuck in confined spaces with their brood for longer than a few minutes. For long trips, bring on the iPods and DVDs. Don't judge.
6. Play Punchbuggy 6 of 7
Who remembers the endearing game of our childhood? You know the one! You look for a Volkswagon beetle and then *playfully* punch (I say tap) your buddy and say "punchbuggy yellow!" Extra points if you find the old school buggies.
7. Family Sing-Alongs 7 of 7
Yes, my friends. Sometimes I turn on a little "Thrift Shop" and listen to my kids belt out the lyrics and rap along. It's awesome.
all pictures courtesy of Morgue File