Do you have a built in DVD player in your vehicle? Maybe you are like me and are old school and do not have a built in DVD player in your van or SUV. My parents recently got a newer van and the grandkids, especially my children, love to ride with Nana and Papa! My kids think it is the coolest thing ever. Such is the life being able to ride and watch a movie. Nana and Papa sure like to spoil our kids and not just our kids, all of the grandchildren for that matter.
It has come in handy for my parents as they have taken some of the grandchildren on road trips. At times, I have wished we were not so old school so that our kids would be entertained while we take road trips. We have done some road trips recently. Some were just day trips, looking at land to buy but nevertheless it would have been nice to have a portable DVD player or a built in one. Our van is a 2009 Toyota Sienna and it is the CE model so it has no fancy upgrades.
At the same time our kids do pretty good while on the road. They are all separated, two sit in the bucket seats and our oldest sits in the back by her lonesome on the bench. There have been a few times that I wished we had some form of DVD player entertainment for them but for the most part I feel like they need a break from TV and movies as they get enough of that when we are at home.
Today, they have innotabs and iPads (and other technology), which we have both but we don’t have any movies downloaded on them. We just have games on them and that keeps the older two kids entertained for a little while at least. I have tried to keep my children away from devices because as I watch others and their children, I don’t want that for my kids. No interaction just staring at their devices for hours. Anyway, that is another post in and of itself.
Back to portable or not….which do you prefer and why? I think it’s more convenient to have a built in DVD player that way all you have to remember to take with you is the DVDs. It is also easier to operate because it is already set up for you and ready to go. Portable DVD players can be nice because you can take it out of the vehicle and entertain elsewhere if needs be. So I guess, there are pros and cons to both.