Being in the car with children can sometimes try your patience. Or shall I say, it usually does.
The kids can get antsy, and the noise can rise to levels almost unbelievable. At any age, kids can create many challenges while traveling down the road.
My sister has three children, ages 5 years, 2 years, and a brand new 1-month-old baby.
One day, with her husband behind the wheel of their van, my sister sat in the middle seat, next to the baby, while the 5-and 2-year-olds were in the far back seat.
Right behind my sister, there was constant noise, excessive talking, and fighting going on. The mommy was tired to begin with, because the new baby wakes her up at night, so the added stress made her wish for a nap even more. Patience was at an all-time low.
My 5-year-old niece is quite a chatterbox, and she was talking non-stop. Something our dad use to say was going through my sister’s head.
“You don’t have to say everything that comes to your mind.”
Though our dad used to say it, somehow, my sister was able to keep the thought to herself.
My niece wanted, badly, to show her mommy something she had been working on in the back seat.
Trying to keep her daughter from bugging her, my sister explained that she couldn’t turn around. She told my niece that with the seat belt, she just couldn’t turn all the way around, and would look at it later. To which my niece asked, “But Mommy, you have eyes in the back of your head. Why can’t you see it?”
Not wanting to blow her cover and reveal that she didn’t have eyes in the back of her head, my sister quickly replied, “I do, but they only work when you are being naughty.”
Fortunately, this answer satisfied my niece, and she quit bothering my exhausted sister.
Of course, as “auntie,” I think my niece is the cutest little girl, and there is never a dull moment when she is around.
Last week, while visiting them, I was holding the new baby. My niece kept me under her watchful eye as I held her brand new sister.
Suddenly, the infant scrunched up her face and began screaming. Being protective of her baby sister, my niece looked at me and said, “Jen, what did you do to her? Don’t break her!”
I guess having three children of my own, along with seven nieces and nephews, isn’t enough experience.
Next time, I’ll ask her for some instructions on how to properly hold her baby sister.