We're going on our annual family vacation soon, so I thought it would be a good chance to bring up some of our parenting philosophies :) Here are some of the things people ask when we tell them were headed on a trip with the kiddies: Do you have a DVD player in your car? Will you have enough room to pack all the kid's toys? How are you going to keep the kids entertained on the trip?
Just hearing all these questions makes me overwhelmed. When I was kid we didn't have a DVD player in our car, iPods or cell phones (I didn't get a cell till college). Guess what I did on trips? Read, sewed and talked with my family. Crazy, right!?! I was actually accomplishing something and communicating. We decided long ago the same will be true for our kids. We're on vacation with lots of new sights, activities and time for rest. We don't have to constantly entertain the kids with media, they get enough of that. We're not purchasing a DVD player for the car and we're not packing toys (other than a few for the beach). When they're teens they won't have cell phones either (until they are driving).
Additional reasons I don't pack toys are because we're in a shared house with other children. It only causes arguments about sharing and cleaning up. I have enough of that at home. I also like to pack lightly for traveling comfort and simplicity. Of course, these are all my views. What are your views with children and entertainment (even if you don't have kids)? If you have kids, what do you allow and why?