Lessons In How To Be A Good Toddler Backseat Passenger

As parents we pass on many a nugget of wisdom to our children. Things like talking, eating, playing. Sometimes it’s not even things they need right now. But the earlier the better, right?

One such skill I seem to be passing onto Little Z right now is the art of driving. Or rather, how to be a backseat passenger.

Little Z is very used to the car, and long journeys and as my childcare (aka my parents!) live 40 minutes away, it’s a journey he’s become well accustomed to.

Lucky for me he loves it and will sing along to the radio and enjoy pointing out things like “doggy” or “twee!” and other such things and means he’s well entertained throughout.

Recently though I’ve noticed he’s turning into a bit of a backseat passenger.

Whereas once he would fully trust my driving skills and judgement, he has now started telling me what I should and shouldn’t be doing. We have spent many a few minutes debating whether I should drive through a red light. To date I have been fairly insistent that the car will remain stationary and can only go when the light turns green. Little Z disagrees and insists “let’s go!!”. I’ve now had to resort to saying “ok then lets go” (whilst remaining stationary) and hope he falls for it. He doesn’t.

He’s also started commenting on other drives cutting in. Ok, this one is my fault. I may have, just once (or twice), exclaimed “Oh man! It’s a 50 zone, not 20….speed up!!” to the car in front. Little Z instantly tried to copy it all, was only half successful, and will now randomly shout “Oh man!” whenever we’re in the car.

He has decided my sat nav, and my knowledge of the roads, aren’t that reliable. So, instead, he will now point out “Mummy it’s this way!”, to some interesting looking road that’s not on our journey. The easiest is to just say we will go down that road in a minute. He’s not sussed yet.

Control of the radio is now shifting. Whilst I still hold power of censorship, Little Z is becoming more in charge of what we listen to.

He now knows I hold the power to rolling the windows up and down. I spend 10 minutes every single day opening and closing these whilst he wants to hug and kiss my mum, dad and brother. Through the open window.

Does this mean I am officially a chauffeur?

Children in the car

Wot So Funee?


    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:16 pm

      He can definitely go completely the other way too and demand I shut the radio and drive in silence!

  1. My Two Mums April 15, 2013 / 9:51 am

    hahah bless. Can’t wait until we have our own mini backseat driver 😉

  2. farfromhomemama April 15, 2013 / 10:19 am

    I know!!! My toddler is terrible not. He shouts ‘left, no right, not this way, mama’, and had been known to sob if I don’t follow his instructions. Bossy little things, aren’t they?!

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:17 pm

      Haha that’s so funny but I completely know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of it,especially when you’re stuck in traffic!

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:18 pm

      He can be very entertaining, as long as he’s in a good old of course!

  3. Jaime Oliver April 15, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    I fear you may of crossed into the full chauffeur status! i love that he is taking an interest in his surroundings lol

    Thanks for linking up with #magicmoments xx

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:19 pm

      It does sound like I have doesn’t it?

  4. Sarah MumofThree World April 15, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    This made me laugh! This is when you realise the importance of not swearing in the car! You’re very lucky he is happy with a 40 minute journey. Long may it continue for you! 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:20 pm

      Oh god yes….And I have been close many a time!

  5. Erica Price April 15, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    Beginning to wonder who is in charge in the car? I’m thinking Z will soon be the one insisting you go down that interesting road and not later, but now.

  6. LauraCYMFT April 15, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    LOL! When I drove down to my Mum’s recently, Z told me all the way down “Mum, slow down the speed cameras are flashing on the sat nav!” Must be a man thing cause whenever I drive my OH has to comment on my driving too. And don’t get me started on the radio.

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:24 pm

      Haha maybe it’s a little and big man thing!

  7. older mum in a muddle April 15, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Found myself nodding through out reading this – So, so sweet. Little A always tells me to drive with two hands on the steering wheel!!!!

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:25 pm

      Ahh that’s very safety conscious and sooo zoo sweet. They are so funny aren’t they?i can’t help but secretly laugh most of the time!

  8. Rhian @melbs April 16, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    This is great very funny. My toddler is the same but I try to distract him with Peppa Pig on the iPad. I’m such a bad mother! 😉

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:26 pm

      I give z the iPad too on very long journeys but then he tries YouTube and gets in a huff when wifi doesn’t work. I think iPads are a god send!

  9. Sonia Cisco April 16, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Hahaha bless him! Syd just vomits in cars, not that useful really….

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:27 pm

      Ohh noo, that makes it hard doesn’t it?

  10. Crystal Jigsaw April 17, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    Haha, that’s what mums do isn’t it – chauffeur!!! My daughter is a backseat driver too, in the front seat though!

    CJ x

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:28 pm

      Haha my hubby is like that…mostly telling me to brake!

  11. Izzie Anderton April 17, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Just wait until he’s 18 and can drive himself – my twin daughters are always commenting on my driving skills, or lack of them!

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:30 pm

      Haha oh really?. Gosh double advice 🙂

  12. Charlotte April 17, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    Oh dear! :0) Just wait until he’s 18! :0) xx

  13. Xandi | The Mummy Scripts April 17, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    Indeed you are! That’s the way it is I guess. Combine all the directions and instructions with 500 questions about general things out the window and you got yourself your own talk radio – except you have to be interactive! x

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:31 pm

      Hehe this week it’s been “what’s that.? What’s that?” Constantly!,

  14. Actually Mummy... April 17, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Oh yes indeed it does! I am only allowed to listen to actual radio if it’s my birthday. Otherwise it’s Australian nursery rhymes (at the moment). Oh, and we all know what you really mean when you talk about dodgy drivers. Well done though for not resorting to the f i and c words 😉

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:29 pm

      I don’t know any Aussie nursery rhymes. Will have to ask my friend that lives in Sydney!

  15. The Mini Mes and Me April 17, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    My two will criticise other drivers and cyclists but thankfully not me! Although they do like it if i overtake others. I love conversations with kids x

  16. Jo of Jo's Nursery April 18, 2013 / 9:16 am

    ROFL! I am sure Thomas will be like this with me when he is a bit older 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff April 20, 2013 / 4:28 pm

      I bet he will.its great entertainment though!

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