Saturday, 3 March 2012

Multi-tasking Driver

You hope not to hear these two words in the same sentence.

After all, we did learn that to be a good driver you have to be a focused driver - checking your speed, keeping a safe distance from the car in front of you, using your peripheral vision and the side mirrors, being conscious of your blind spots, and of course, following all the traffic laws. 

So what happens when you have two toddlers safely buckled in the back seat who need attention and you are the only adult in the car?

Here are some things I have accomplished while driving:
- taken off shoes/socks,
- retrieved toys/books/sippy cups/bottles from the floor of the car, 
- adjusted floppy heads of sleeping children,
- fed the kids (and myself) snacks and drinks, 
- removed sunshades from the back windows,
- found, cleaned and replaced missing pacifiers,
- pacified the baby with hand/fingers when there is no pacifier to be found,
- kept children from hitting/pushing/kicking each other, 
- sung endless rounds of "Old MacDonald"
- fished in the glove compartment for a CD to listen to after "Old MacDonald" got really old,
- made phone calls and sent text messages (oops)  

I was thinking of all these things as I was driving into São Paulo this morning with Lucas. I am sure some mothers out there can think of other things they've had to do to keep themselves sane while driving! Since Lucas has started on a round of antibiotics, they have to be given at specific times. So while I was planning to arrive in São Paulo in time for his meds, this morning we got stuck in traffic and I fed him his doctored up yogurt (thankfully I had packed it with a spoon in case this situation arose) while we stopped and started our way down the jam packed highway. 

Of course, we all know the best way to travel with kids...

Why I try to schedule all trips over 1 hour at nap time. 


  1. I'm glad our traffic isn't quite as insane as your is!! I guess one does have to be prepared when traveling with little ones - I'm way past that stage. Stay safe though!!!!
    Love, Aunt Barb

  2. Great pictures! You forgot to mention "taking pictures of the kids"...
    DAD Portela

  3. yay for super mom! You are a great driver!


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