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The kids are screaming in the backseat and Mom and Dad are staring at the 5.3 hours left on the ETA, ready to pull their hair out.
“Are we there yet?” “He’s touching my sleeve.” “I’m starving.” “There’s nothing to do.” fills the air and turning on classical music doesn’t always help.
Mozart does not solve everything.
A diversion is desperately needed, but you have nothing in your car.
Ok, maybe this scenario will ring a bell.
You are racing against the clock as you browse the clearance racks at Target. Lunch time was forty-five minutes ago, the normally scheduled nap time is in twenty, the baby needs to be nursed and you have a thirty minute drive home.
As a result, you’re shopping like a crazed woman. You are on a mission—hunting for bargains, browsing through the 70% off racks and stuffing necessary coupons in your pockets to give to the clerk later at checkout.
You’re doing it, though. You’re getting it done.
All noises have faded to mere background cacophany as you try to serve your family by being the best financial economist you can be, a true Proverbs 31 woman, a wise steward of your hard earned cash.
Then one lone cry pierces through your trance-like shopping expedition.
“Mommy, my pants are wet.”
Grrrreat. And you forgot to add a change of clothes for your three-year old to the diaper bag this morning.
I’ve been there.
I’ve apologized to the Burlington Coat Factory employee as I sheepishly pointed out the wet puddle on the carpet behind me.
And at Babies R Us.
Yes, my face was pink.
I’ve stripped my kids of their wet clothing and squeezed them into a size 2 diaper meant for a baby twenty pounds lighter than them. Or worse yet with no alternative action, I’ve simply lined their car seats with brown paper towels from the public bathroom and plopped their wet tushes down for the ride home.
I have totally been there.
Why do I find myself in these frustrating mom moments?
I’m not always as prepared as I should be.
After over a decade of motherhood and five kids, I’ve learned a few things along the way—most of them from embarrassing issues like those mentioned above. Here’s my emergency zone to remedy these situations.
This is a handy dandy car organizer that I purchased on clearance at Target a few years back. It is stuffed with all the necessities of those life emergencies that we sometimes find ourselves in.
Puzzled about what to put in it?
I have an extra change of clothing for my three youngest children (5, 3 and 1). This entails a full outfit change with socks—underwear for the five and three year old.
Small toys, books and healthy snacks can also go a long way in maintaining peace while traveling. I try to select snacks that will handle storage in the car well, the elements and lots of bodies pressing in.
A car organizer for moms—because my purse just isn’t big enough for all of this. 😉
Ever find yourself needing something personal? Do you have a dedicated spot for helping with those unexpected moments in life? Any other mortified moms out there? Take a moment to pack some extra gear in your car for emergency purposes. This post may have been written for mommies, but it really applies to anyone. What are some things in your life that you may need to have handy? Wipes. Snacks. Gum. Socks. Clean t-shirt. Tylenol. Create an emergency zone in your car to meet personal needs.
Thanks for reading,