Life in the mom seat is a continual pain in the neck- literally. Sure, I love taking care of my family, and I enjoy our drives together. But I won’t lie to you and say that it is easy to be in the Mom Seat on a long vacation. Some people call it the passenger seat, but I’ve long since been promoted. Now I not only swivel around every few minutes to answer a question, break up a tantrum, fetch a dropped sippy cup, and distribute snacks. It’s exhausting, really, as any mom (or dad or sibling or grandparent) can attest.
But whether you’re in a vehicle or out of it, vacation can be an exhausting combination of idyllic and insane.
Moments later… Post-swimming distress and angst meltdown.Snoozing in a hammock in the quiet woods. Moments later…
Pouring a morning cup of joe. Complete with the war cries of small children demanding their breakfast.
But we survived it, and even though as family road-trip newbies we planned WAY too much in our week, we don’t really regret it. Despite the hardships of restraining a 1.5 year old who really just wants to run and tumble and play, or being chastized by a three year old for not having six foot long retractable arms to grab that VERY IMPORTANT toy that somehow fell into a chasm between the seats, or not just feeding the kids sugar to keep them quiet for a little bit of time…we had some amazingly peaceful and wonderful times. Like when Clarence was asleep.
So maybe I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to manning (or womanning) the Mom seat, but I’m learning. And I’d like to learn from you. What are some tips and tricks that you have learned so that you can enjoy Sunday Driving? Leave your answer in the comments below!