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.
As it happens, once the children 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 who really cares? And who really gives a hoot what they’re growing in these widespread fields anyway!
So here you are, just a few hours into the trip, with the whole day ahead of you, and the whining starts.
Never fear! Keep in mind those amazing car trip games we used to play as children? The age-old”I Spy” game where the other player tries to guess your thing. Then, of course, the license plate game choices: See if you can spell all 50 states, make a phrase from the plate letters or see that can add up the numbers right.
Car trip games are really terrific entertainment for the kids, but if 20 Questions suddenly turns into 20 reasons why you’re bothering me, then it is time to move on until the scuffling accelerates.
Unlike previous generations, today there’s a simple solution. Just slide that little disc boldly into the slot, and suddenly the family road trip takes on new scenery–Shrek, Nemo, Woody, Rat Poop and Buzz. The whining stops. Restless little bodies settle down, and the car mercifully becomes surrounded by contentment. Unexpectedly, the trip becomes a lot easier.
Okay, so now you are thinking enjoyment of the journey is lost. The family vacation is a bust. Relax, already! True, the countryside is becoming a faint flicker in the background, but consider the fact that in the event that you take advantage of getting to your destination, you will bring home great memories of the whole trip. In reality, TV provides a welcome sanity for today’s long road trips. So, let modern technology take over. Enjoy it!
If you’re still having a hard time accepting defeat to the state-of-the art, consider days gone by when fidgety kids 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 now. For security, the small 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 the next time you hit the street, 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 whining and clashing, DVD players won’t solve all issues. There may be fewer”are we there yets,” but eventually new squabbles of”it’s my turn to pick” or”I don’t want to watch that” will erupt. Isn’t modern technology great?