At the start and end of every weekday, I drop off and pick up my kids from daycare. I am slowly but surely training them to understand what I can and cannot do while driving the car.
- I cannot read them stories while driving.
- I cannot hand them books or toys until we come to a full stop at a red light.
- I cannot look at whatever it is that they are trying to draw my attention to.
- I cannot help them take off or put on jackets, shoes, socks or hats.
- I cannot wipe up the snot they have sneezed all down the front of their shirts.
- I cannot clean up the Cheerios that have suddenly been launched all over the van for no apparent reason.
- I cannot retrieve items that have fallen or been thrown on the floor until we come to a full stop at a red light.
- If the items that have fallen or been thrown on the floor are beyond my reach, I cannot retrieve them until we reach our destination.
I’m fairly certain these important lessons are slowly starting to sink in. How do I know? Because the other day my 4-year-old told my 2-year-old that ‘Mommy can’t reach it. Right Mommy? Because you’re not Elastigirl.”