Long car rides
What do you do to keep your kids occupied on long car rides? We use the portable dvd player but I don't always think that's a good idea. It just goes to show how spoiled kids are today( including mine lol). I remember when I was little that would've been crazy talk about a tv in the car. So what do you do for your kids and what did your parents do for you? My mom would just talk to us, listen to music and we'd sing a lot, all of us :) or if it was a really long trip we'd take coloring books/books
The big basket of toys never seems worth the space. We packed a small backpack per kid and let them pick what goes in after age 4 or so. Running races at rest stops helps, as do some car snacks/food stops. Watch out if your kids read or draw in the car and suddenly come down with headaches or upset stomachs. 2 of 3 of my kids are susceptible to motion sickness and sometimes can't even watch movies in the car.