I read a parenting book that said it is important to keep the lines of communication open with your kids and a good place to talk to them is in the car.
“Mom,” my sweet-faced little boy questioned from the backseat.
“Yes,” I answered just as sweetly.
“Do you know what boogers are?”
“Nose poop!” he shouted excitedly.
Yes, my kids and I have some of our best talks while driving down the road.
“What dear?” I say in my best June Cleaver voice.
“What does pee taste like?”
Car rides are truly a bonding experience. Your kids have a captive audience and it is easier to hide your vacant expression when you are not facing them. Sometimes I like to eavesdrop on my children’s conversations with one another.
“Turtles do not have hair.”
“They are bald?”
“Yep. No hair at all.”
“Dad must be a turtle then.”
Sometimes when we are driving along we pass a location of interest—like a school or a park or a prison. It is a good starting point for deep and philosophical discussions.
“Mom, do you have to get arrested to see inside the jail?”
“Have you ever been arrested?”
“Why, is it hard to get arrested?”
“What do you have to do to get arrested?”
“Like not eating your carrots?”
You can find out a lot about your kids just by talking to them.
“Mom, I like everything about you. I like the way you smell too. Except your feet. They stink.”
You can learn about their hopes and dreams.
“Mom, I want to be a shark for Christmas.”
“A shark? For Christmas?”
“Yes. A Christmas shark. I know just what I want it to look like.”
“Why do you want to be a shark for Christmas?”
“Because no one else is a shark for Christmas.”
“Hmmm . . . .”
“Mom, did you know that sharks have to wiggle while they are sleeping, or they will die?!”
“Yeah, I am going to wiggle always. Because I don’t want to die yet. Not until I am really old like you.”
Besides, it is important to learn what is going on with your kids—they are the future after all. And you need to find out which ones will need money to go to college and which ones will only need to save money for an ankle-monitoring type device.