MrsZiggy wrote:In theory I agree with you but even as someone who strictly held to the no TV before 2 (which meant 3 for my oldest since my boys are only 15 months apart) parents have to take plenty of long car trips long before their kids can read. My 3 1/2 year old is just starting to 'read" by making up stories and reading the book to us but that may last him an hour or so and my 2 year old isn't there developmentally. I'd love to say I'm entertainment enough for them but alas they get sick of me during the day let alone upon being couped up in a car with me for hours.
Even tho we're on to the next item, I had to take a minute and throw some support/agreement your way.
When you limit electronic nanny at home, then road trip usage isn't such a bad thing. And little kids are locked in their 5 point harnesses or boosters with head restraints, so the freedom of movement (to juggle crayons, etc) just isn't there.
And don't get me started on ~my~ kids tendencies to get motion sick. Read, puke, burn an hour cleaning up, drive next 7+ hrs with the ever-present vapors... Good times.