With the kids in the backseat buckled up tight, you’re headed for grandma’s house, an all-day drive. A time for pulling your hair out one by one.
As long as Americans pile the kids in the car for a family vacation, they are doomed for the anxieties that come with the mind-numbing boredom of a lengthy road trip. The inevitable discussion about who hit whom first is under debate.
As it happens, once the kids have seen a couple grazing cows and a horse pasture, they pretty much don’t need to see it again. Rolling hills and scenic mountains served their purpose a terrific many miles back, but now, who really cares? And who really gives a hoot what they’re growing in those widespread fields anyway!
So here you are, only a few hours into the trip, with the whole day before you, and the whining starts. “Are we there yet?”
Never fear! Remember those awesome car trip games we used to play as children? The age-old”I Spy” game where another player tries to guess your object. Then, of course, the license plate game options: See if you can spell all 50 states, make a phrase from the plate letters or see who can add up the numbers correctly.
Car trip games are really terrific entertainment for the kids, but when 20 Questions abruptly turns into 20 reasons why you’re bothering me, then it is time to move on until the scuffling accelerates.
Unlike past generations, today there is a simple solution. Just slide that little disc boldly into the slot, and the family road trip takes on new scenery–Shrek, Nemo, Woody and Buzz. The whining stops. Restless little bodies settle down, and the car mercifully becomes surrounded by contentment. Unexpectedly, the trip becomes a lot simpler.
Okay, so now you are thinking enjoyment of this journey is lost. The family vacation is a bust. Relax, already! True, the countryside is becoming just a faint flicker in the background, but consider the fact that if you make the most of getting to your destination, then you will bring home good memories of the whole trip. In fact, TV gives a welcome sanity for the long road trips. Thus, let modern technology take over. Enjoy it!
If you’re still having difficulty accepting defeat to the state-of-the artwork, consider yesteryear when fidgety children were free to move around. Perhaps you can recall sitting in the back of the station wagon or hatchback playing board games or working on little paper projects. Can’t do that today. For safety, the little ones are strapped in their special seats and the older ones are buckled up tight. Not much freedom there. The great American road trip has forever changed.
So next time you hit the road, throw in these DVD movies. Your sanity may depend on it.
A word of warning I must add. As parents come to rely on DVDs as their survival against hours of back-seat complaining and clashing, DVD players won’t solve all issues. There can be fewer”are we there yets,” but finally new squabbles of”it’s my turn to pick” or”I don’t need to watch that” will erupt. Isn’t modern technology great?