Now here's a topic of great parental debate:
Dashboard dining: Yes or no? Should kids be allowed to eat on the road? Different parents have different tolerance levels.
Different parents also have different views and criteria.
Yes, it's best if kids don't eat on the road - for the car's interior, their clothes, and our nerves.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether dashboard dining is right for your family.
It's hard to say no to eating in the car on the road when you have a 500-mile road trip ahead.
You'll give the little one anything that will keep him quiet part of the way.
But as kids get older and easier to shush, some parents start getting strict about eating on the road. It doesn't matter which way you go; just stick with it.
Consider these rules of the road if food is allowed: It has to be of the non-sticky, nonstaining food group.
No chocolate (however if someone forgets this rule, read how to get chocolate stains out of upholstery), no grape juice, nothing too challenging to clean up.
If your kids eat in the car, regular car cleaning is key to keeping it looking good (or as good as possible) inside: