My husband and I have a running debate. In a few weeks, we will be making an eight-hour car trip with the kids, a toddler and preschooler. We are trying to decide if an in-car entertainment system, e.g., a TV and DVD player, is a bit excessive or is completely necessary for the children’s amusement and for our sanity.

On the one hand, it might keep them from constantly fighting with each other in the back seat, thus allowing us to have a somewhat peaceful (albeit long) car trip. On the other hand, could we be spoiling them by giving them a mindless activity rather than something that would stimulate their brains, like educational games? 

What are your thoughts or experiences? Has a mini TV in the car saved your sanity on long car trips, or do you prefer to get by the old-fashioned way, with good old toys and car games? Please leave a comment to let me know!