It is often said that motherhood consists of many jobs rolled into one. You’re a nurse. You’re a chef. You’re a maid, a therapist, and––until your child reaches sixteen years of age––you are a chauffeur. You pick them up from school, drop them off for a playdate, and rush them over to dance practice, all in time for yet another drive back home for dinner. Often you might even find yourself carting around your child’s friends as well. As though you were hosting people in your home, you will want everyone to feel comfortable in your car. Here, we have listed some of the best things to keep in your car is a nice and safe place for everyone to be.
Now this one might seem obvious, but many of us are so busy that we forget to prepare this one. The glovebox is like a miniature pantry, and you should always try to keep it filled with granola bars and other non perishable snacks made with natural ingredients. The other mothers will appreciate the care this shows to their children, and the children will appreciate something to eat after a long day at school or practice. Most importantly, you’ll appreciate the calming effect that a little snack can have on a rambunctious group of toddlers. Everyone wins. It’s an obvious choice.
Now if you’re one of the messier moms (shhh, we won’t tell), you might even have this one already lying around in your trunk. It will amaze you how quickly snack time begins to result in a floor full of wrappers and crumbs. While you likely can’t stop them from making a mess, you can be prepared with a small and cheap way to dispose of detritus left behind. Roll up the grocery bags and keep them under the passenger seat. This way, they’ll always be on hand. Or better yet, when they’re old enough, use the bags to instruct them to clean up their own mess, a chance to teach them a lesson about responsibility.
An Extra Car Seat
This one primarily applies to mothers of young children, but it is nonetheless important. As mentioned before, sometimes you might unexpectedly playing chauffeur to other people’s children. Whether you’re filling in for a parent caught in traffic or helping out another family, you’ll want to be prepared for your guests. An extra car seat has saved us from several major headaches. Bonus points if you own a three car seat car. A bit of extra space never hurt anybody.
If you’re looking for a fun way to keep your children entertained (and more importantly, occupied) while you’re driving, then round up some of their favorite picture books. Although they may not yet be able to read fully (depending on age), they will surely enjoy the vibrant pictures on the page. It’s also a good way to give them some time away from screens and instill a love of reading.
Just take our word on this one.