Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Endless Entertainment

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?

19 comments:

  1. HEAR, HEAR!!!! GLAD TO HEAR THAT ONE MOM HASN'T SOLD OUT. OKAY, TWO, WITH LR. :)

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  2. Totally agree with the cell phone thing, I didn't have one till I had my own job and could pay my own bills. As for the dvd in the van.....i think I would love one! lol But at home kaela doesn't get to watch movies alot so that when I do put on a dvd for her she gets SO excited and just sits there and STARES at the T.V, just how i like it:)

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  3. Hi again! To answer your question...this was my 2nd wedding and I have two more to go this summer! And thanks for following!

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  4. You are b-r-a-v-e!!!

    I wish we had a DVD player ... We don't have cable or any channels at all at home but roadtrips are HORRIBLE with a 6-7-8-9-10 month old (so far) especially when going 10 hours...You must have amazing little babies to travel with!!

    Airplanes are the worst!!!

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  5. Grace- It gets better. Christopher was SO hard in the car up until recently. He's used to it now. However, we're only going at most an hour away (with traffic), so it's doable. Haven't been on an airplane yet, that's brave!

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  6. Three words: books on tape!

    We didn't have any of the electronics growing up either. When I was old enough, we had our own disc men (retro, I know), but other than that, my parents took out books on tape from the library so we would listen to lots of those in the car. Luckily, I can sleep in the car, so I did that too. I think I'll probably do the same when I do have kids.

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  7. Our plan right now is much like yours. No DVD players in the car, no cell phone until it becomes a necessity (driving is definitely a good marker). Only once did my family take a trip with a video player. It was the first time we drove to Florida. My parents were more excited about it than my sister and I! We're taking our first big trip in a few weeks (to Outer Banks...at least 9 hours, although we're breaking it up), so we'll see how Elliott does in the car.

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  8. i agree completely about the dvd thing- my kids definitely see too much tv at home. but we do usually pack loads of books and one new special toy- that way, it's new and still engaging, and keeps them interested (ie, quiet) longer than their old toys! ;)

    hope you all have a great vacation!

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  9. Thanks for the suggestion of books on tape, like that one! I should also mention that another reason we don't bring toys is that we usually let the kids buy something (a toy) on vacation, so they can play with that there.

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  10. I agree about the cell thing. I didn't get one either until I was in college and could pay for it on my own. I think driving age is an appropriate time to get one. I go back and forth on the whole watching movies while driving thing. I think you just have to evaluate your own situation and do what's best for you. I would get horribly car sick on family trips, so reading, doing crafts etc. were just not options. My Mom allowed me to listen to my tape/cd player instead and it worked well. I think it depends on the length of the trip as well. If you're pushing more than a few hours, I think doing a movie part of the way can help, especially if it's a rare treat. Chris and I are unanimous on one thing though. We WILL not be the parents lugging tons of toys down to the beach. You bring what you can carry and that'll be it. We both came from families that brought too much down and we refuse to do the same...for now anyway :)

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  11. thanks for stopping by my blog! your family is beautiful, your boys are just absolute gorgeous! can't wait to read more :)

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  12. Totally agree with you! I don't have kids yet, but I plan on adopting a similar philosophy!!

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  13. Completely agree with you! I always read,knitted, and talked with my family. We played I-spy a lot too!! I don't plan on having tons of electronics for my kids. I want them to be able to enjoy a book and entertain themselves with their imagination. Those are important to me. I will let them have an disc man though. Music is great in my opinion and learning how to choose your music wisely and support artists you like by buying CDs is important to me. Quality music is a lost art in much of our generation, so I hope to instill true artistry in my children.

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  15. My son is two and a half and although we do have a DVD player in the car and he has all sorts of things to play with, there's a limit to how much tv and games he can play with, and I strive to take him outside every single day for some active play time. As moms we sometimes feel the need to have to keep kids constantly entertained or stimulated by something, when its good for them to just be kids and have them play independently.

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  16. Following you as well. :)


    Such a lovely blog too!

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  17. i don't have kids but i agree with what you said about arguments about who gets to play with what.but best is to bring along one of the fav toys so the kids remain occupied a bit.

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  18. I completely agree! It's time to go back to the simple things in life :) I've recently started a "Marriage Mondays" series on my blog! I would love to have you check it out and link up!

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