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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by pourcyne View Post
    Seems to me that if you have to show a movie during a two-hour trip because you can't stand little kids behaving as little kids, there's something wrong with the situation.

    Little kids shouldn't have to have ANY screen time. They're little kids. Why not teach them that the world is broad and wide, instead of flat and shiny?

    Of course, your mileage may vary and it probably does.
    Do you have kids? Do you live more than, let's say 30 minutes from grandparents and other close family?



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Ok, let me go back to the beginning and say that I'm specifically looking for advice on an electronic video type solution, not "OH, MY, GOD, DON'T LET YOUR KIDS WATCH TV, GET THEM A PUZZLE OR A COLORING BOOK OR A NEEDLEPOINT KIT"....and that we fully intend on using this electronic tool as ONE of our repertoire of tricks to keep the kids satisfied. We've gone on several road trips, and there's just times when all the other options aren't working...and we spend plenty of quality time with our children...any of you with a full time job want to say you exceed my 6.5 hours per day that I spend with my kids?

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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by pourcyne View Post
    Seems to me that if you have to show a movie during a two-hour trip because you can't stand little kids behaving as little kids, there's something wrong with the situation.

    Little kids shouldn't have to have ANY screen time. They're little kids. Why not teach them that the world is broad and wide, instead of flat and shiny?

    Of course, your mileage may vary and it probably does.

    OK, I think you've made your point, and it's not the advice I'm looking for. Feel free to stay and continue with your smugness if it fulfills you in some way, though.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    Ok, let me go back to the beginning and say that I'm specifically looking for advice on an electronic video type solution, not "OH, MY, GOD, DON'T LET YOUR KIDS WATCH TV, GET THEM A PUZZLE OR A COLORING BOOK OR A NEEDLEPOINT KIT"....and that we fully intend on using this electronic tool as ONE of our repertoire of tricks to keep the kids satisfied. We've gone on several road trips, and there's just times when all the other options aren't working...and we spend plenty of quality time with our children...any of you with a full time job want to say you exceed my 6.5 hours per day that I spend with my kids?

    (also added to OP)
    I think anybody who wasn't looking get on their high horse assumed that was the case, don't worry about it.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    So you're going to let kids that young watch videos in the car? That's horrible parenting. I bet you also let them have sugar. And go to public school.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Other non-screen activities I would save for the car were new activity books--either the "magic reveal" marker type (color over things on the page to make them appear) or the water doodle ones where you fill a small pen with water. Stickers and blank paper or Melissa & Doug have a lot of sticker activity books for under $6. I have a cookie sheet with a lip and then bought cheap magnets like ABC's or animals.

    And we do DVD's. According to our oldest two kids' report cards their brains haven't turned to mush yet.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLNST8 View Post
    A bottle of ether & a rag?

    Thats just a stoopid comment. You don't need a whole rag. A cotton ball will work just fine.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    If you have a Prime membership on Amazon go with a Kindle Fire Hd or HDX. You can download some of their free prime movies to watch when you don't have a wifi connection. My daughter uses it quite a bit.

    Kind of behind on the Kindle products...would something like this work for that?

    http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Am...eywords=kindle

    The wife was looking at a $120 dual screen DVD player, I'm thinking if I can swing 2 of these for about the same thing, then they're usable for non-car things, and we buy enough from Amazon that I've been looking at Prime anyway.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    So you're going to let kids that young watch videos in the car? That's horrible parenting. I bet you also let them have sugar. And go to public school.

    Don't get me started on bad parenting, I got a half a block down the street on my bike with the kids in the bike trailer before I remembered I didn't put helmets on any of us.

    just to be clear so some of the perfect parents on here don't call DHS



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    Don't get me started on bad parenting, I got a half a block down the street on my bike with the kids in the bike trailer before I remembered I didn't put helmets on any of us.

    just to be clear so some of the perfect parents on here don't call DHS
    whenever you feel like a bad parent do what I do.....remember Snowcraig.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    We have a $60 dual screen dvd... Wish I would have saved my money and bought holsters for ipads. I have a gen 1 ipad in the speck iguy case which entertains my 3 year olds well. I also hand over my newer retina mini since we have twins... So far so good. Really does the trick in a bind, and lots better than listening to Franklin the turtle dvd looping for hours...

    If I didn't have ipads already, I would buy 2 of the cheapest color screen kindles (i have prime) possible and use that, or find refurb ipads since we invested in 20 or so kids movies on our appletv (super convenient for traveling fyi, download the movies the night before you leave and they are ready to watch on the ipads).

    The problem with the dvd is that you have to install it and take it out if between trips, or the kids always want to watch a movie. It's not hard, but can be a pain, and I trashed our power adapter last time inadvertently (wires just pulled right out).


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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    Kind of behind on the Kindle products...would something like this work for that?

    http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Am...eywords=kindle

    The wife was looking at a $120 dual screen DVD player, I'm thinking if I can swing 2 of these for about the same thing, then they're usable for non-car things, and we buy enough from Amazon that I've been looking at Prime anyway.
    we don't have any Kindle products, but I will say prime has TONS of shows for your kids' ages. Movies aren't that great (the free prime ones anyway) but there are free PBS shows, Nick Jr shows, etc. (Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, Dora, Bubble Guppies, Backyardigans, Super Why, Fresh Beat Band) Not sure if you can download them like movies to watch without connection, someone else can probably answer that. There are quite a few shows I would like to watch on a Prime but rarely have time to just sit and watch TV. But we love our Prime. I just got this month's subscribe and save items--diapers, sunscreen, Keurig cups, and bottled tea all cheaper than in-store. Now they added free music to Prime. If you are up to the initial investment, would be a good idea to me. There are also free books and apps for the kids.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    whenever you feel like a bad parent do what I do.....remember Snowcraig.

    Literal laugh out loud.



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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Different issue, but still brilliant: I was talking to a relative at a graduation party a couple weeks back who has kids around the same age. He said instead of packing up a bunch of the kids toys when they visit grandparents and the like, they just start looking for garage sales along the route as soon as they get into town and buy like$5 of crap they don't worry about losing or packing back up. Kid loves it because he gets a "new" toy.
    That is a GENIUS idea.


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    Re: In Car kiddo entertainment...DVD/Other options?

    If you have an iPad and want variety from shows and such, there are apps like Endless Alphabet, Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, and so on that are good and educational. We have some coloring book apps and downloaded some interactive books, like The Monster at the End of This Book.


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