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My Best Tips for Getting 3 Kids In the Car

It seems like such an easy task. Walk out of the house and load kids in the car. Not hard, right?


If you have ever been around young children you will know it’s slightly like herding cats to get them to go where you want them to. They often find something else interesting to look at or do and forget what you asked them to do in the first place.

This is what getting into the car on a normal day looks like for me. No joke this is actual footage of me attempting to load the children.

So as you can imagine I have learned a few tricks in the last few years to help get them in with fewer issues.

3 Tips to Load Kids in the Car Hassle Free

1. Remember to go potty before you go outside.

My son has an affinity for peeing on my bushes. (He claims to be watering them.) I remind him before he gets in the car he needs to go potty. Well despite the fact that we have a bathroom literally right inside the house from the garage, this is too far and peeing on the bushes is much easier. This is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. I am desperately trying to break him of the habit before he gets too much older. Back to my point, it’s way easier if you remember to have them go potty before you actually walk out of the house. That way you don’t have to undo any buckles, try and send them back inside, possibly without you. Then get them back outside and load kids in the car over other kids.

2. Give cues and remind them of expectations.

I try and talk to them as we are getting shoes on and grabbing our last few things before heading out the door. We talk about the fact that we should go straight to the car, get in, get in our seat, and do our buckles. This is super important if you are out and about in a busy parking lot or street. Depending on the situation, I still lift my younger son into the car to prevent him from wandering around. But having clear expectations of what they are to do CAN (not WILL) cut down on a lot of frustrations while you load kids in the car.

3. Load all the “stuff” you can before the kids.

This seems like a no brainer, but as you can see from the videos I am forever forgetting to do a quick trip out without a kid in my arms. However, it is always super helpful when I do remember to do that. It frees up not only my hands but also my focus. If I’m not trying to balance 15 things it makes it much x to stay calm and load kids in the car efficiently.

However, I try and do this with groceries and such as well. I lift the boys up onto the tailgate of my truck or into the cart basket, and let them help me unload the groceries into the back of the truck. This works great for 2 reasons. 1) they are being taught to help, and 2) they are super distracted when I am loading groceries and would rather watch me then put on their seat belts. One less distraction is always the way to go in my book. Now, I understand there will be plenty of times when you just need to get the kids in the car: weather, frustration levels, discipline issues, and numerous other reasons. However, when you can it’s a good trick to have up your sleeve.

When it comes down to it you are going figure out what works best for you. I know I say that a lot but IT’S TRUE! Parenting is all about figuring out what works for you and your kids because we are all unique individuals. No two people are alike so neither will your parenting styles. Heck even each kid needs their own parenting style.

Next time you go to load up the car keep these tips in mind.  

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