“Mom! I’m hungry!”
“Mom! I’m thirsty!”
“Mom! I spilled!”
I hear those words frequently throughout the day, and when I’m home, no big deal. But when we’re in the car and the chanting starts, it’s a little more complicated. Especially when I hear the spilling one. And trust me, that happens a lot!
Before I had kids, I vowed I would never allow my future children to do certain things. You know, because I was the perfect mom before I had kids. (HA!) Every time I saw a mini-van full of stains, crumbs, garbage, toys, and filth, I renewed my vow to never let my kids eat in the car, to always keep my car clean, to wash the outside of my car…’til death do we part. Oh, I was so naive!
For most of the moms I know, our cars are practically our home on wheels. Especially now that kids are getting more and more involved in activities and school. My car is more times than not, the dreaded image of the mini-van that haunted me years ago. Why is it so difficult to keep clean?
I broke all my vows the minute I put my first baby in her car seat. The pockets behind my seat were immediately filled with diapers, wipes, extra clothes and other baby essentials. That’s just how it goes. My kids are older now, but not much has changed. They still have needs. And when I do clean out my car and there’s not a trace of family evidence left, I feel naked. Especially when we’re headed out for the night and I hear…”Mom! I’m thirsty!”
Uh-oh, I don’t have anything.
I’d rather be prepared than have a barren car.
I talked to several other mothers and asked them what they have in their car that makes their life easier. Here is what they said…
What do you have in your car that you can’t live without?
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