The Family Car.
We run errands in it. We take kids to school, to soccer, to piano, to swim lessons, to the beach, to play dates, to birthday parties and holiday gatherings in it.
I know the world's supposedly a smaller place these days. But I'm still driving 20 minutes to get anywhere.
What does all this time on the road mean?
In short, it means that our wheels have to function like a traveling home. Because it often is.
That said, there's no reason we, as the parent and frequent carpool driver, can't keep the peace and our sanity at the same time.
Whether on a family road trip or just shuttling the kids to activities, we are in the driver's seat. And for sanity's sake - use this to your advantage.
5 Family Road Games
Make road time fun time with these easy-to-play family word games.
Creating a Mobile First Aid Kit Be prepared for bumps, bruises and more by creating a mobile first aid kit.
8 Carpool Rules for Kids Consider adding these peace-keeping rules to ensure this beneficial arrangement doesn't stall.
10 Road Trip Rules for Families Hitting the road for a family vacation? Here's what you need to do to ensure a bump-free ride ahead.
Pet Survival Kit
Got pets? If they're coming along for the ride, here's what you should plan to have on hand to ensure they're comfortable.
Dashboard Dining: Yes or No? To eat or not to eat on the road? Every family's different. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.
8 Family Commandments Traveling with kids is always an adventure. Make sure you establish your rules of the road first, however.
Chores for Kids by Age There's no such thing as a free ride, right? Get the kids onboard with this sentiment by having them pitch in on the chores necessary to maintain the family ride.
Mastering Motion Sickness Bleah! We've all been there, done that. You can, however, keep your kids' tummy contents where they belong with these 8 tips for preventing motion sickness.
Garage Chores By Age Get the kids to help with keeping the ride clean with these tips for assigning chores by age.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.