Skip to main content
"A great blog that is fun, interesting and informative. Packed full of information on a range of topics. I love their sense of humor while they are providing well informed and thought out answers to your questions. All in all a great read for any parent!"--Christine Howard.

Proud affiliate of Montessori Services!

Montessori Tots and Riding in the Car A LOT

Montessori Tots and Riding in the Car A LOT {Confessions of a Montessori Mom}
{Photo of me as a young tot}

I am a mom of fourteen month year old twins, and soon to be the mother of one more! I am having sort of a moral dilemma. I moved with my babies and have still not finished unpacking... and there are so many errands to be run. But I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of traveling in the car with my twins each day for so long... It interrupts our day and I know it can't be the best thing for them. I have tried only going once a week, sometimes twice a week if I can get help, but my house is still needing a lot of work and time in the car. 

Is there anything you suggest to make it better for them... I don't know, maybe this is a good thing that they are going out?  If anything, maybe I can stop feeling like such a bad mother! 
Don't feel like a bad mom! Kids that live in a household where there is a lot of commuting and or trips to run errands, get used to it and it is not a BAD thing, you are not hurting their development... And it is a way of life for many families! So what are some tips to make everyone happier?

Try to do an outdoor activity in the a.m., even though you have young ones, let them play outside for a while. Or if it is raining or too cold, play some lively music and have movement time.
In other words, when you know you'll be in the car running errands, give your children an opportunity to be active for at least 15 to 20 minutes beforehand.\
It also helps to have a routine, especially when your children are 2 1/2, they will crave order and routine (Montessori Sensitive Period for Order). So try to do your driving at the same time of day each day or every other day.
You can also play tapes or CDs for them to listen to in the car, or sing preschool songs and nursery rhymes. I don't recommend giving them food to eat unless you are stopped in a parking lot in between errands and it is snack or lunch time. Kids can choke while eating and you don't want to be driving when that happens.
Over the long term, your children will learn how to shop, go to the bank, and so forth, which is a plus! At least they won't be sitting at home in front of the TV!
After returning home, when they get a little older (2 to 2 1/2) let them help you put things away, then they can have time outside to play and be active.
And if they are doing a lot of sitting in the car, create "standing" activities at home: a water table, a rice or bean table, a block or train table, a play dough table. Also, get a small slide and put it indoors, buy a small trampoline when they are older, and so forth.
Hang in there! Children are very adaptable, just try and follow their stage of development, and strike for balance!
Will work for comments! You can leave your comments and questions on my Facebook page!

You may also be interested in my recommended Montessori and homeschool books for parents and teachers on or my Montessori and homeschool programs for birth to nine-year-olds at Montessori for the Earth.

Popular posts from this blog

Montessori Printables & PDFs

Montessori printables,downloads, and PDFs are an inexpensive to make your own, DIY materials for your homeschool or day care setting! Well I have some terrific resources to share with you from the Montessori mom bloggers of the Montessori Bloggers Network. Want to PIN for later?

Montessori Language & Outline for Ages 3 to 9

I am sharing my Montessori training lecture notes on language, an introduction and outline, for ages three to nine. The most important concept in early language development is that the child has to become aware that language and words are made of sounds. We achieve this with the help of the I Spy Game. The next step is to introduce the symbols that represent these sounds with the help of the Sandpaper Letters.

A Montessori Infant and Toddler Home Environment

I get a lot of questions about how to do Montessori at home with infants and their toddler siblings. So I created a Montessori Infant and Sibling Series. This is part one.
"How do I organize the work room areas (where all the Montessori-related materials are going to be) including a two-year-old area (such as art section, math section, etc.) and an 11-month-old area of the room?"
"What about their bedrooms and the living room? Which room should I start with first? It's just overwhelming."
"Should I make up a daily schedule first, or organize (plan, shop, and display) all the materials first? And how do I decide what I should put on the shelves for each of my children?"
Want to PIN for later?

How many Montessori materials do you REALLY need in the home?

A Montessori mom recently confessed in my Montessori Facebook group about the constant feeling of needing MORE: more Montessori activities and materials, more quality toys, more art supplies... When do you feel satisfied? When do you have enough!?

DIY Bedtime Box With Day and Night Matching and Sorting: A Guest Post by Carolyn Wilhelm of Wise Owl Factory

I recently purchased Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Mom Stories from theTrenches, Lisa Nolan's mom lit parent humor anthology with forty contributing mom bloggers. Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness is very funny and poignant while describing the experiences of the sleep deprived mothers who contributed the chapters. Any young parents needing some comedic relief about their situations would feel less alone and more understood by reading this book. I've already sent it to a young mom who I know will enjoy the writing. The writers are all very talented and many have written other books and/or blogs. They are introduced at the end of the book with links for future reading and enjoyment.
I smiled for days remembering some of the lines in the book such as, "I hear a doggy barking!" spoken by a child trying to delay bedtime. The teacher mom I could so relate with, as both jobs can be exhausting. There are poems and stories, and it is the perfect bed stand book to help parent…
CLICK to subscribe for my 37-page Montessori FAQs PDF