Keeping kids quiet in the car can be harder than splitting the atom.
Keeping kids quiet in the car can be harder than splitting the atom. It is important though - as their fights, tantrums, and over excitement can be more distracting than ants-in-your- pants. Distraction can lead to swapping paintwork with a lamppost, charging through a hedge, or bouncing across a stranger's lawn and decapitating a garden gnome. That is guaranteed to make children even noisier, as 'Daddy just killed Mr Gnome'. Grrrrrrr. Now, for some reason it is considered 'bad form' to tie children to seats and gag them. We therefore need more socially acceptable ways to keep the little monsters quiet. But what?Mercifully, technology enables us to sidestep being attentive parents. Portable DVD players, with headphones of course, can keep kids quiet – and there are various games consoles, music players, and puzzle/colouring books too. These should get you through the first mile of the journey. After this, you sadly have to interact with the kids by playing the same tedious games you inflicted on your parents. 'I spy' is the classic, plus 'count the green cars'. Children can be over-competitive though, so best sit an adult between them during these car-based grudge matches. But not me - I have served my time. Best of luck!