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May 25, 2007

Happy Trails

Lauren Young

My hubby and I purchased a new Subaru Forester a few weeks ago, and while we bought the upgraded model, one of the bummers about our new vehicle is that it doesn't come with a built-in DVD player.

A DVD player?!? Careful readers may recall that I am slightly neurotic about my toddler's TV viewing habits. Except, of course, when it comes to traveling. Call me two-faced, but I have no qualms about strapping my son in his car seat and cranking up the DVD player. In fact, I think portable DVD players are the best thing to happen to travelers since the invention of the blow up pillow.

Case in point: On Monday, Leo and I were returning home from a visit with my family, and we got stuck in traffic for an hour on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Leo didn't even make a peep. He was too busy watching "Dora the Explorer." Sitting in bumper to bumper traffic is stressful enough. It was a pleasure not to be dealing with a screaming kid.

Not eveyone shares in my enthusiasm: One of my colleagues is driving with his wife and toddler from New York to Pittsburgh this weekend--a LONG hellish trip--and he seemed a little appalled when I suggested that he bring along a DVD player.

May the Gods of the Open Roads bless him and his family.

Assuming none of you are scared by $3 gas prices and will be hitting the road this summer, how do you keep your kids busy on road trips? Leo is still too young for "I Spy" or other car games, so I'm especially interested to hear tips on traveling with toddlers.

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honeyhead,

coming in loud and clear! i laughed heartily at the air pillow comparison! i love the dvd player whilst traveling. i'll take the break where i can get it. even further - we will only vacation where they offer an all-day kids club. help? there is no question.

love you.

rr

Posted by: rocco at May 28, 2007 11:21 PM

I don't know how we would survived all the 4 hour plus car trips over the years to visit family and just take some driving vacations to beautiful places without our portable TV set up and now portable DVDs. Toddlers are tough. They can't read, play games, and do much more than sing and color in the back seat. And if there are siblings, well, good luck. I have never felt any guilt since we restrict the amount of screen time at home in general. We save it up for vacations so we can all be relaxed in the car. It is actually a part of the trip I look forward to now! My kids watch their movies, my husband drives (he likes it) and I get to catch up on movies on my portable DVD player. Plus, now that the kids are older, they don't just watch the screen.

Posted by: stacy at May 29, 2007 11:52 AM


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