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 few grazing cows and a horse pasture, they pretty much do not need to see it again. Rolling hills and scenic mountains served their function a terrific many miles back, but who really cares? And who really gives a hoot what they are growing in these widespread fields anyhow!
So here you are, just a few hours into the trip, together with the entire day before you, and the whining begins.
Never fear! Keep in mind those amazing car trip games we used to play as children? The age-old”I Spy” game in which another player tries to guess your thing. Then, of course, the license plate game choices: See if you can spell all 50 states, make a word from the plate letters or see that will add up the numbers right.
Car trip games are really terrific entertainment for the children, but if 20 Questions abruptly turns into 20 reasons why you are 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 disk boldly into the slot, and the family road trip takes on fresh scenery–Shrek, Nemo, Rat Poop, Woody and Buzz. The whining stops. Restless small 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 a faint flicker in the background, but consider the fact that in the event that you take advantage of getting to your destination, then you will bring home great 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 are still having difficulty accepting defeat to the state-of-the artwork, consider yesteryear when fidgety kids were free to move around. Maybe you can recall sitting at the back of the station wagon or hatchback playing board games or working on small paper jobs. 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 caution 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 is my turn to pick” or”I do not need to observe that” will erupt. Isn’t modern technology great?