I must admit that the car TV was a no-no for me once I had children. I planned on limiting TV when at home. Watching TV while driving was not an option. I had heard more than one friend bitterly complain about the way her kids insisted on watching the TV on the way to the bank.
My resolve held firm until we planned a trip to the beach with our then super-talkative 18-month-old. I planned on sitting in the back with her while my husband drove. Our older daughter was and still is self-sufficient. She is one of those children who would use her dress as a puppet to entertain herself for the drive. My husband inisted that we get a car TV. I objected, but was overruled.
I freely admit that I don’t know how we would have survived long car rides without the car TV. When I drive alone I can only stand so much Kidz Bop, or hearing the same knock knock joke, or playing I Spy. When my husband drives, I occasionally like to have a conversation with him.
We do have rules of the road for the car DVD: (1) No TV on for trips locally, (2) on a long trip kids watch one movie then spend the same amount of time readiing, drawing, etc., and (3) in cases of disagreement mom/dad choose the DVD.
What is your position on the car DVD? Leave a comment over at MomSpark Forum, not here. Thanks!