As a toddler, my son screamed, kicked and struggled each time I tried to buckle him into his car seat. To avoid these meltdowns, I bought a clear plastic shoe holder with pockets and used heavy tape to attach it to the back of the passenger seat. Then I placed a safe and age-appropriate toy or treat in each pocket. I frequently added new items, making sure they were not goodies available to play with in our home. The shoe holder made car rides fun for my little guy because he was excited to get in, buckle up and enjoy new toys or treats.
This article appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of
Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Karen Robbins.
Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.