Why My Car Will Never Have a TV/VCR/DVD PlayerAugust 26, 2008
The short answer: because I went on plenty of family trips as a kid without such a device in the vehicle.
The long answer: I love modern technology, and believe me, I am all about having the comforts of home wherever I go, but there are some things that just aren’t necessary. I believe watching TV in the car is one of those unnecessary things. When we drove to Disney World in 2006, Trevor was 11 and Sophia was 3. We made the entire trip — 15 hours or so — without a television/DVD player in the car. And we didn’t travel in the middle of the night… the kids were awake most of the time.
We’ve taken many road trips — our most recent being a longer-than-anticipated 17 hour trip to Bowling Green, KY. I’m pleased to say that not once have any of us wished for a DVD player in the car. (At least not out loud. In my presence.) My family and I are blessed in that we travel well together. Dan and I don’t feel the need to use a DVD player to preoccupy the children, and the kids don’t feel the need to use a DVD player to keep them from getting bored. Here are some of the things we do instead:
- Play the alphabet game (try to find each letter of the alphabet on a sign).
- See how many different state license plates we can find.
- A game I created for Sophia called “What Animal Am I Thinking Of?” — one person thinks of an animal and the others have to guess what it is by asking yes-or-no questions).
- Another game I created called Five Favorites — name your five favorite colors, animals, foods, etc. Everyone gets a turn picking the category.
- Who Can Find…? First person to find a certain object wins.
So it thrilled me to no end when, via Noodle’s blog, I stumbled across this site: Mom’s Minivan. She has loads of car game ideas, with printable games and useful links. I skimmed through her section on travel games and was astounded at all of the suggestions. Now I can hardly wait to go on my next road trip with the kids. How many people can say that? 😉