Being a parent is full of both rewards and challenges. Some of the biggest challenges of parenting can happen in your car; trying to keep your kids entertained while you concentrate on the road ahead can be a parenting nightmare.
Whether you are taking your children to school and back, or going on a long distance road trip for a vacation or to visit family, you are going to need a car that can help you to keep the kids settled and entertained while driving.
Making a ‘Mom car’ cool for kids is easier than you may think, and doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time or money to achieve. Here is a quick guide to help any parent make their car cool for kids, and make the school run or a road trip easier for everyone on board.
Get the Right Accessories, and Enough of Them for Everyone
There are a lot of in-car entertainment solutions available aimed at parents who spend a lot of time in the car with their kids.
If you have young children, at kindergarten age or thereabouts, there are a lot of toys designed to keep children occupied on a journey so their parent can concentrate on the road ahead. Young children particularly enjoy toys with steering wheels and buttons that are fitted to the back of a front seat, letting them pretend that they are driving the car.
Get a Car with Lots of Space for Your Passengers
Having a larger car, like an SUV, is a great solution for driving as a family. Not only does it give you a lot of room to pack everyone’s things when you are going on a road trip, it also gives your children a space or area to make their own for the journey.
This is particularly important when you have children of different ages, so a teenager can put their headphones on and have their own space for comfort, while younger children have plenty of room for coloring books and toys to keep them entertained.
Larger cars are great for road trips, and children will often have fond and lasting memories of long trips in your car, making them love the short journeys to school even more.
Get Some 21st Century Features, Like Bluetooth and USB Chargers
No matter how old your children are, they are likely to have a lot of power-hungry devices that will need a constant flow of electricity to keep them happy on a road trip.
USB charging ports are being installed in modern vehicles for just this purpose, and if your car doesn’t have them, you should definitely invest in one or two USB power packs so that your children can recharge their phones and tablets while you are out on the road.
No road trip is complete without music, even just a quick trip to the store or to school, so having a Bluetooth enabled stereo in your car is a fantastic way to keep kids entertained with sing-a-longs to your family’s favorite songs.
Driving with children can be stressful, but it needn’t be. With the right planning and accessories, you can take a lot of the stress out of a journey and make your mom car cool for the kids.