Growing up, keeping me and my little brother separate in the car to avoid fighting was a main priority — even influencing what kind of cars my mom bought. Bucket seats with no seat in the middle to connect us? Perfect! (Yes, we were kind of awful … but all siblings are.)
Now just imagine if there were three of us to contend with squeezed together in one car … and all in car seats!
This dad of triplets just won parenting, ending all car arguments by putting up foam board between the car seats. Jake White posted a photo of his genius hack on Facebook last week, and it’s since been shared over 3K times.
I think the sound you hear is every parent collectively facepalming and saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”
A stay-at-home dad, White says that his background in fine arts and sculpture came in handy in an unexpected way. His 2-year-old triplets, Xavier, Stella, and Jude, would not stop fighting over snacks, and he thought of the best solution we’ve seen yet.
“I did it because there was snack-stealing going on and to a 2-year-old, that’s the end of the world,” White told TODAY Parents. “The dividers are foam core, just strong enough to keep the kids separated. The kids aren’t strong enough to break it from a seated position yet. … [They] are very well behaved and I take them everywhere, so it was a natural solution to keep the peace.”
True, it looks silly and I imagine it makes it harder to get the kids in and out of the car seats. But all the kids look content, and dad has the smile on his face that can only be accomplished with a blissfully quiet car ride at last.
h/t: TODAY Parents