I remember when I was growing up, my parents would say that they felt like a taxi-service, and honestly, who could blame them? From a young age my sister and I both had so many activities, sports and hobbies that required us being dropped off all over town.
My parents never really complained, but they did seem rather exhausted by it all.
Now that I am a parent I totally get this. I seem to be constantly driving my 2-year-old and 7-year-old from place to place – the school and kindy run, soccer, swimming lessons, play dates with friends, gymnastics lessons, and playgroup for my youngest.
Plus lots of our friends have done a sea change in the last 12 months meaning a regular 1-2 hour trip is required to see them.
Like my parents I don’t actually mind driving, but when there’s a fair bit of whinging and whining coming from the back, I do get a touch frustrated and find myself feeling exhausted.
Fortunately for everyone I have mastered the art of driving with kids both long and short distances, and have developed 5 every day travel hacks that mean that car time with kids is much, much more pleasant.
1. Work smarter, not harder.
I feel like most parents can agree that sometimes, we're not the most... organised. After all, life just gets in the way, and between rushing here, there and everywhere, it's no surprise that sometimes we just forget to refuel.