No matter what you celebrate, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is the season for travel. December finds us scrambling to spend time with family and friends, out of obligation or just the chance to take a little vacation time while the kids are off from school. That means a lot of driving — usually long distances — and a lot of traffic. Most parents rely heavily on electronic gadgets and the newest apps to get them through those drives, but we run it old school.
Our car is completely electronic free — that means no handheld games, no iPhones, no iPads, no televisions in the back of any headrests. Although it wasn’t part of the plan, we don’t even have a radio because it broke and they can’t fix it because it has a cassette player. I told you we were old school. Like Model-T old school.
This isn’t a humblebrag because my two-year-old and four-year-old watch lots of TV and play on our computer at home. I’m not above distracting them with things, but we go electronic free in the car for two major reasons.
First, there is no one else to bother. I am far more concerned about how my kids will behave on an airplane, because we all know how ornery people get on airplanes. I don’t need someone trying to drug them, or screaming at me, or trying to banish me to a specific section by the bathrooms. And as cute as it is, I just can’t bring myself to write little notes to my fellow passengers, especially when some of them are a-holes themselves. In the car it’s just the two kids and their two parents. If this isn’t the time to practice acceptable public behavior, I don’t know what is. My husband and I just sit in the front trying to tune them out as much as possible. I mean, they are strapped in and separated by the middle seat, so how much damage could they really do if we just ignored them the whole time? When the complaints and the noise level get to a migraine-inducing, ear piercing level, my husband jokes that he wants to trade in our Jetta for a limousine with a privacy window so we could completely block them out. How awesome would that be?