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Old 11-24-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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I've been in the car behind cars that have them and find them exceedingly distracting. This is a particular problem at night when there aren't a lot of lights around. Other people I know have said the same things. It does affect others than those in the car.
Most of the time that doesn't bother me. What does get me rattled is when the car's screens are showing hard-core porn. That seems to be the case in a lot of the vehicles I see at night.

Talk about driving distracted!
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Is this normal? It seems to be fairly commonplace nowadays.

What do you think of this? Do you have your kids watch TV while in the car?


I got to say I think it is completely unnecessary.
I think it is sad that children don't learn to enjoy the scenery. Even in the city (which is the domain of 90 percent of the CD folks), there is beautiful architecture to appreciate, parks, etc. I cannot imagine having a television going on long trips where the scenery is breathtaking. What a shame.

I tell my dh that it's funny because if kids ever had to walk home they wouldn't have any landmarks to guide them. They never look outside the car anymore to see where they are or where they are going. LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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Because if families on airplanes started singing or playing I spy it would disrupt everyone around them. I have, however, read aloud (quietly) to my kids on airplanes. I don't watch the movies anyway, since I can never keep those stupid earphones in.

I don't really have an issue with DVD players for those who must take long car trips often. I see them on in cars as parents drop their kids off in the morning at school though, and I've witnesses a couple of kids throwing a fit in the parking lot of the grocery store because they didn't want to turn it off to go in the store.
Would you consider the incidents described in your last paragraph a fault of a DVD player in the car or faulty parenting?
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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Most of the time that doesn't bother me. What does get me rattled is when the car's screens are showing hard-core porn. That seems to be the case in a lot of the vehicles I see at night.

Talk about driving distracted!

I hope your car isn't stick shift then as you might make a mistake
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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I think it is sad that children don't learn to enjoy the scenery. Even in the city (which is the domain of 90 percent of the CD folks), there is beautiful architecture to appreciate, parks, etc. I cannot imagine having a television going on long trips where the scenery is breathtaking. What a shame.

I tell my dh that it's funny because if kids ever had to walk home they wouldn't have any landmarks to guide them. They never look outside the car anymore to see where they are or where they are going. LOL

20yrsinBranson
Our inlaws live 13hrs away..about 15 hrs after rest stops/lunch or so on. We leave at about 4am. The scenery isn't breathtaking in the dark & yes, all 3 are wide awake & being toddlers, there is only so much deep conversation that can be held, alphabet games that can be played & songs to be sung from 4am until 7pm.

The scenery during traffic jams on the highway due to an oil spill in the rain after 4 hrs is also not all that appealling. Again, w/ 3 children under 5 & 2 who need to go potty....the deep conversations, teaching them another language, talking about their feelings or reminiscing about the good ole days, or discussing how the tree looks like a picasso painting doesn't fly.

The drive from Killeen, TX to Texarkana, AR is not breathtaking. The drive on i-90 through Indiana is not breathtaking. There are some parts of this country where when you look out the window you don't see the Grand Canyon or "architecture" unless you consider orange cones w/ highway construction "architecture". Springfield, MA is not breathtaking.

We've driven w/ DVD players & without. We've also flown w/ our toddlers. My kids can chew their food properly and don't walk on all fours b/c of watching a DVD in the car...

And for those who think that DVD players in the car are a sign of poor parenting & how they do it so much better...do your children have access to computers, microwaves, ipods and cell phones or are those things they never touch either? Highly doubt it.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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Most of the time that doesn't bother me. What does get me rattled is when the car's screens are showing hard-core porn. That seems to be the case in a lot of the vehicles I see at night.

Talk about driving distracted!
LMAO. Where in the heck do YOU live? LOL.

My husband told me that there was a drive in where he grew up that showed dirty movies and as you passed it on the highway, he could catch a glimpse of the screen as they went by.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Our inlaws live 13hrs away..about 15 hrs after rest stops/lunch or so on. We leave at about 4am. The scenery isn't breathtaking in the dark & yes, all 3 are wide awake & being toddlers, there is only so much deep conversation that can be held, alphabet games that can be played & songs to be sung from 4am until 7pm.

The scenery during traffic jams on the highway due to an oil spill in the rain after 4 hrs is also not all that appealling. Again, w/ 3 children under 5 & 2 who need to go potty....the deep conversations, teaching them another language, talking about their feelings or reminiscing about the good ole days, or discussing how the tree looks like a picasso painting doesn't fly.

The drive from Killeen, TX to Texarkana, AR is not breathtaking. The drive on i-90 through Indiana is not breathtaking. There are some parts of this country where when you look out the window you don't see the Grand Canyon or "architecture" unless you consider orange cones w/ highway construction "architecture". Springfield, MA is not breathtaking.

We've driven w/ DVD players & without. We've also flown w/ our toddlers. My kids can chew their food properly and don't walk on all fours b/c of watching a DVD in the car...

And for those who think that DVD players in the car are a sign of poor parenting & how they do it so much better...do your children have access to computers, microwaves, ipods and cell phones or are those things they never touch either? Highly doubt it.
It would be much more fun and educational if you got off the interstate and made a point to experince this beautiful country rather than just watch it zoom by. Of course, with TODDLERS, I can understand why your trips would be a living hell without television. My condolences.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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It would be much more fun and educational if you got off the interstate and made a point to experince this beautiful country rather than just watch it zoom by. Of course, with TODDLERS, I can understand why your trips would be a living hell without television. My condolences.

20yrsinBranson
How would you know? If you're driving across country pulling a cargo trailer with all of your belongings and 3 cats and a dog, through countryside that is less than stellar to look at, it's nice to have something to amuse a TODDLER. Taking the scenic route is not always an option. People who travel aren't always on a la di da bleedin' LEISURELY VACATION.

You can go tour the country at a snail's pace with no one but yourself and your husband to cater to and I hope you have a good time doing it. Perhaps you can slow down and point out all of the gay men pushing strollers while you're at it.

But don't tell me how to educate or otherwise experience this country with my family. I'll do it any way I see fit, thanks all the same. I doubt I'll bother with Branson anytime soon. The scenery is probably the least of it's problems.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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How would you know? If you're driving across country pulling a cargo trailer with all of your belongings and 3 cats and a dog, through countryside that is less than stellar to look at, it's nice to have something to amuse a TODDLER. Taking the scenic route is not always an option. People who travel aren't always on a la di da bleedin' LEISURELY VACATION.

You can go tour the country at a snail's pace with no one but yourself and your husband to cater to and I hope you have a good time doing it. Perhaps you can slow down and point out all of the gay men pushing strollers while you're at it.

But don't tell me how to educate or otherwise experience this country with my family. I'll do it any way I see fit, thanks all the same. I doubt I'll bother with Branson anytime soon. The scenery is probably the least of it's problems.
It was just a suggestion, FinsterRufus. Have you considered decaf?

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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It was just a suggestion, FinsterRufus. Have you considered decaf?

20yrsinBranson
No, but I might, depending on whether your post was sarcastic or not.
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