Look, I’m not saying things are perfect. But they’ve goddamned well improved.

July 2009:

March 2013:

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Pete
Pete
9 years ago

My definition of a great road trip was the kids watching DVD’s with head phones, my wife listening to a book-on-tape with head phones and me driving and enjoying the peace. Hell is 3600 miles of three Pokemon tapes on the speakers.

sooboo
sooboo
9 years ago

Riley singing, beat on the brat with a baseball bat oh yeah! I actually did lol!

Auntie G
Auntie G
9 years ago

Okay. It will get better. I…can hang in there. :)

Annie
Annie
9 years ago

McDonalds food is not SNACKS !!!

(sorry couldn’t help myself)

melanie
melanie
9 years ago

lol love it… mine are nearly 8 and 5 and road trips have gotten SO very much better indeed.

Kim Hartman
Kim Hartman
9 years ago

Now you are talking. song of choice is magical.

Cristi
Cristi
9 years ago

Oh man this makes me feel so much better about our upcoming trip from OK to GA and back with two kids aged 6 and 4. I’ve been fretting about it recently.

Kate
Kate
9 years ago

This is awesome. And your husband’s scream and your giggling in the 2009 video are precious.

For previous commenter Annie – you cannot be serious. I’m hoping there is some reference or inside joke I’m missing. Otherwise this is just judgmental douchery.

Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone
9 years ago

Lady, if you’ve taught two little kids to love the Ramones, you have automatically undone almost any past or future parental mistakes.

dorrie
dorrie
9 years ago

HaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhahahaaaa

pdxhadey
9 years ago

Wow, that 2009 video makes me have serious flashbacks and anxiety. My kids are still only 3 1/2 and 5 1/2, but it’s already SO MUCH better than when anything longer than a 20 minute car ride induced tears of rage and frustration in all of us.

Lindsay
9 years ago

Jealous. I have a two year old daughter!

Faith
Faith
9 years ago

For previous commenter Kate – TOTALLY an inside joke! Some troll from cafemom decided to lecture Linda on how waffles are not snacks awhile back. Now it’s just a joke. I don’t know if you’ll ever see this, but didn’t want to leave you in the dark!

Kate
Kate
9 years ago

I checked back in Faith – thank you! I love Linda’s writing so much, I was feeling that weird defensiveness you do for someone you want to keep telling their stories. Sorry Annie!

Donna
Donna
9 years ago

Yes, I well remember those days of screaming kids driving FORever and coming home more stressed than when I left…..it comes to me in recurring nightmares, lol!
Now I am taking THEIR screaming kids on road trips, what was I thinking?
I was thinking we have a blast anyway~

Melissa
Melissa
9 years ago

We’re doing a four hour drive tomorrow for a Mariners pre-season game on Saturday. I just told the kids, “Get your Kindles and iPod on the chargers!”

Alyson
Alyson
9 years ago

You are giving your children an EXCELLENT musical education. Don’t forget the unit on 80’s power ballads.

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

I might have made a super-sexy snorting sound from laughing so hard. :) Awesome.

Taryn
9 years ago

yay for singing to the Ramones!

Claudia
9 years ago

My kids love that song. :)

Annie
Annie
9 years ago

Kate-Thanks for defending Linda
Faith-Thanks for defending me, and explaining.

sarah
sarah
9 years ago

I have to chime in to say that EVERYTHING changes when your kids get music. My son is 2 & likes “drums.” Could be Wrecking Ball by Springsteen, I Want You to Want Me, that one Led Zepplin song that I don’t know the name of… Love the 2009 “making the best of it” video, especially Dylan’s confused, trying to be amused expression.