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Dear Road Trip Mom:
What is your viewpoint on electronics as a diversion?

So many parents pacify their kids these days with car-installed, or portable DVD players and/or handheld video games. Could kids be making better use of their time, or do you believe such devices have earned a place in roadtrip entertainment?

I do think these devices have a place in roadtrip entertainment, but mostly as a break from other activities.

You just can’t expect children to be actively engaged and play games for hours upon hours. At some point, they just want to take a break and rest. This is when a DVD player is appropriate in my opinion. Kick back and watch a movie, then everyone will be refreshed ready to be involved again.

A family car trip is one of the best opportunities parents have to spend a lot of time really talking with their children, and it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted. One of my website readers once wrote to me and said, “The trip there is half the fun because our vacation starts the minute we get in the car.”

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1 michael { 02.15.08 at 5:34 am }

They say all and no play makes jack a dull boy. Electronic gadgets have added to the fun and give a break from the routine life. But too much indulgence should be avoided. For Car Electronics, you can visit this link.

2 minnemom { 02.15.08 at 10:50 am }

I still can’t bring myself to get a DVD player for the kids in the car. I think they need to learn to look at the scenery, interact with others, etc. TV is so readily available at home, and I’m glad for the car trips when it’s not even an option. I agree that if a DVD player is used, it should only be for a very small part of the trip.

3 Sharon { 02.21.08 at 9:55 am }

it’s amazing that when we grew up we survived road trips without any electronic devices. We used to use i imagination and make up games with our families like “I spy”. my own children have never been entertained with DVD players for road trips, they have always used their imagination, made up games and it’s been a fun family time together