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I always swore I'd never be that mom.

You know, the one handing her kids iPads and iPhones...then I tried a road trip with kids.

Road trips with toddlers are fresh new hell for us. And in case you didn't know (or have forgotten) road-tripping with a toddlers just plain ol' sucks. Like a rainy day on Labor Day, toddlers and cars do not mix. 

When our toddler was a sweet little baby, road trips were like a pleasant stroll. Sure, you'd stumble over a pile of poop every now and then, but overall, it was a breeze. Lots of naps and smiles.

Then the baby became a toddler. I learned that toddlers really resent being told what to do. Especially when they're strapped into a chair for hours. Who knew?! ​

This month, Today.com has asked its Parenting Team to reveal their secrets to travel success with children in tow. I have one secret and because I like you, I'll share it with you. I'm not proud of it, or enthused by it, but I do it. So there you have it. If you have a better idea, let me know!!

Choose your battles. Road Tripping parents/warriors, this is not a battle to be won. Until the kids are older, anyway. ​The Secret to Road Trip Success with Kids is short and sweet. 

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About the Author

Ashley Trexler was a "viral" online writer back when that was still a thing. Now she's focused on debunking common lifestyle and parenting myths and misconceptions. She's committed to raising little humans who believe in the innate goodness that is found in each and every one of us. Even if she wants to tear her hair out as yet another bedtime battle drags on.

Panda is a teacher turned stay-at-home mom to two boys and wife of a resident physician in Orlando. When she is not doing dishes and playing with trains, she is writing about it. Learn more about her at StayAtHomePanda.com

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