As if there wasn't anything else more important for us to worry about (war, crime, kidnappings, when to start solids), we're forced to listen to "the experts" tell us that television for kids before three is bad. Even Elizabeth Edwards mentioned how bad it was in her closing session at BlogHer.
Terribly horrible. Stop immediately. Proceed to entertain your children with toys mothers since you have no need to get anything done in the house or need any time to yourself.
Whatever. I'm over it. So are these people. (Finally!)
My kid isn't staring at the screen all day long, nor is she watching any questionable material (although on some days I'd like to throw Elmo through the window - with tender love, of course).
And honestly, many moms that I have spoken with agree with me.
Just don't put a DVD player in your car.
I have to say the first thing I thought of when I knew we would be driving to Atlanta was a portable DVD player. And since we'll be doing a bit of flying, I'm pretty sure it would work well then too. But OH the stigma.
It seems people use every excuse to yell "lazy parent" these days. Kid leashes = lazy. DVDs in cars = lazy.
And while I can see an argument with having a DVD running non-stop in your car, for a long trip I think it's genius. Particularly this one. (How's that for strategic product placement?). But clearly, there are a few things that I wanted.
*Non-slip so I could put it on the center console so she could watch hands free and hopefully sleep.
*Swivel screen (just because it's cool)
*Remote control so I could restart it while driving, talking on the phone, and eating french fries.
Add a car charger, easy operating system, and a clear screen and you've got one perfect traveling dvd player.
We did have a little trouble with the overzealous play memory, but if that's the only issue, then I'm perfectly happy recommending it to everyone and anyone who wants to know about it.
And I will proudly say that the Insignia Personal DVD Player saved my sanity during this trip. Now if they only made a portable vacuum cleaner.
So, what say you? Do you have a DVD player in your car? Short trips, long trips, or both? And what's your rationale?