Juggling the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren can be even more complicated inside a car

iPods, iPhones, and Paper Jamz Guitars to The Sandwich Generation Grandparent’s Rescue!

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When you are juggling the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents or relatives who have just come home from the hospital or who don’t feel well for other reasons, along with babysitting active grandchildren and have to drive with all of them in the same car, you can definitely use some extra help, don’t you think? I sure did when I was in that situation last week

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Normally, I’d just plop in a DVD into my DVD player and a movie would probably keep them fairly quiet. But my car’s DVD player is not working at the moment. However, in spite of my downed DVD, the next best technology came to my rescue!

Fun iphone apps for kids grandkids via Kaye Swain

Just like dealing playing cards for a fun game of Go Fish, I dealt out an Apple iPod to one grandchild to listen Encyclopedia Brown and my iPhone to another grandchild to play some of iPhone game apps I have for the grand kids such as My Little Pony and the older Webkinz Polar Bear Plunge Game App. The third was quite content to grab his brand new cardboard guitar Paper Jamz, plug in the earphones, and strum happily away.

I kid you not. The car was blissfully silent for the 20 minute drive home! In my Sandwich Generation household, that really is a miracle! 🙂 I do love educational activities for grandkids and especially when it keeps them peaceful, quiet, and happy for the senior relatives in the car. What are your favorite tips for taking care of grandkids and elderly parents at the same time in the car?  🙂

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  1. Our kids always played games in the car on long trips. On short ones, they had their music or hand-held games. They do need to keep busy.


  2. Aren’t those a big help, Janis 🙂 A definitely blessing. I remember when I was a kid, I got carsick so easy when reading, as does one of my granddaughters. But unlike me with no options (except to bug my brother 🙂 ), she can happily play games on my iPhone or listen to music. A big help to any family, and especially those of us in the Sandwich Generation when we’re toting a multigenerational crew. 🙂

  3. Do you believe I don’t have either one of those things. That’s good you had peace. Blessings

  4. 🙂 Hi Cathy, What can I say. We’ve been high-tech since before tech existed 🙂 We got the first computer within a year of it coming out and before that – my hubby was into Ham Radio and Civil Defense. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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