Driving anywhere with my kids is an exercise in madness.
See, we own a huge pick-up truck (since we have an apple orchard and need a massive rig to haul our fruit to the packing house each fall) and all three kids are packed into the same row of the cab. Three girls, duking it out.
The eldest sits in the middle and it’s impossible to buckle her into her booster seat without contorting my body and twisting and grunting, while the kid (who I am leaned over so I can reach the middle) on the ends punches me in the boob and laughs. Thankfully my eldest is a good little helper when it comes to her baby sister and will happily hold a bottle for her as we drive. That’s about the only good thing about our vehicular situation.
See, the two year-old? She is CRAZY.If the option to pull her big sister’s hair, or beat on her, or bug her, or pinch her is there, she just goes for it. The temptation is too great for her to resist, and being a nuisance is but an arm’s reach away. So, they basically fight and cry the entire time we drive anywhere.
I have tried everything: peppy kids’ music (KILL ME) to distract them, pulling over and spanking the two year-old when she hurts her big sister (but removing a kid from her car seat on the side of the road, beating her bottom, then buckling her back in only to have to repeat those same actions every 3.4 seconds is rather time consuming), shameless bribery (“I’ll give you a sucker if you can justbequietpleasefortheloveofpete“) and really angry yelling of empty threats (“If you don’t stop fighting I’ma gonna rip off your arms and beat you down with the wet ends!!”).
Oh, I would do just about anything for a third row of seating so that I could separate the two older girls. Mind you, there always is the bed of the pick-up. Perhaps I could harness her car seat there and make her travel like a hound, wind blowing her hair, as she barked at passing vehicles.
Are your kids good travelers? Do you have a vehicle you’re happy with or one that adds to the mayhem?