10 Things I Learned After Spending 20 Hours in the Car with my Children

October 3rd, 2011

This weekend, my family piled into our minivan and spent about 20 hours of quality time together there, driving to and from Kentucky to attend my brother-in-law’s wedding.  After spending nearly a full day in a small confined place with my kids, I learned a few things.

1) Car travel was easier before I had children.

2) Two adults and two children on a four day trip can — and will — fill one minivan to the rafters with gear, food, and toys.

3) No matter how much gear, food, and toys you bring on your trip, it will not be enough to keep your kids entertained for the entire ride.

4) A one-hour CD of children’s music played on constant repeat for twenty hours will drive you insane.

5) A one-hour CD of children’s music played on constant repeat for twenty hours is less irritating than a three-year-old whining for her CD for twenty hours.

6) Pizza-flavored goldfish crackers are worth their weight in gold.

7) Armed with only two graham crackers and a sippy cup of water, a one-year-old can make a mess colossal enough to necessitate an entire wardrobe change.

8) No matter now deceptively ingeniously marketed and packaged to imply otherwise, craft projects do not work well in the car.

9) If your children fall asleep while you’re driving do not stop driving unless you will literally run out of gas on the side of the road if you don’t fill up.

10) When it was all said and done, my kids actually did much better in the car than I expected!

One response to “10 Things I Learned After Spending 20 Hours in the Car with my Children”

  1. G'Mom says:

    Having ridden 10 of those 20 hours with your children, I would second your last statement that they were indeed pretty good – because – at no time did I feel that my life would improve if two children were tossed out the van window.

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