You wouldn't believe the one thing this mom did to make long and loud road trips turn into quiet and easier ones...
"I keep a long vacuum cleaner/flexible hose in the van. This is my "Mom phone." I keep one end of the hose next to me and the other end gets passed around to whoever needs it and they talk to me through it. I know it sounds weird, but it is difficult to talk with each child individually when there is so much road noise and they are way in the back of the van. With the hose, I can hold it up to my ear/mouth and we can have a fairly private conversation when we need to. If discipline is necessary or someone has a problem we can have a nice quiet talk through the hose in the middle of a loud, active trip."
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