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Family Ties: Backseat Wars

After looking at super sized station wagons for weeks, my dad bought a BMW. I will never forget the look on my mom's face when he drove home in the lil black compact or how he told the four of us kids crammed in the back to "hold our breaths" so he could shut the door.

In a way, my dad's purchase put a wrinkle to our backseat wars — none of us had room to whack each other as our limbs were intertwined and since our knees were jabbed in the back of the front seats, we were forced to resort to dirty looks. To see how the tradition continues,


But no matter how big of a vehicle you buy, as a mom, I am beginning to think backseat squabbles are inevitable. In our seven passenger car, my two children still manage to get on each other's nerves.

Granted they are seated in specific spaces for safety reasons, but even restrained in car seats, they find ways to taunt one another. My son latches on to locks of my daughter's hair and she playfully pokes at his pudgy cheeks.

While the antics are annoying, as far as brother and sisterly bonds go these exchanges are pretty harmless.

Do you have any car horror stories to share? Or, how do you create harmony in your car?

Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
Jessie M ... you must have had a very large car growing up to be able to pick a seat! there wasn't any 'calling' of seats in our car because there was only one row. thank god it was back in the 70s/80s when seat belts weren't worn because there weren't enough to go around.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
With 4 sisters growing up, we had an 'oldest to youngest' policy-barring any safety concerns of course-where the oldest child had first pick of seats, follwed by the second oldest with second pick, and so on. The biggest problem we would run into would be a younger sister 'calling' a seat before we got to the car and an older one picking it to sit in. My mom seemed to know how to fix that problem though-she got each of us tape player/walkmans so we could each listen to our own music, and had a huge stock of coloring books on hand in case of emergencies!
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
small spaces can really drive kids crazy. i always had to have the middle seat so i could see the whole way out!
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