How to take a child to the DMV

I had to take Tad with me to the DMV last Friday while Ane was in school.

Am I crazy, you ask?

Yes, I am. Crazy like a fox.

It was that time again – time to renew my driver’s license. Yes, that fun time every five years that we all look forward to. And after I tried – and failed – to renew it online, I had to go visit the Department of Motor Vehicles. And to make sure that I wasn’t going to miss picking anyone up from school or the bus stop, Friday ended up being my best choice. Tad doesn’t have school on Fridays, so I could leave as soon as the bus picked Ane up.

My plan to keep Tad from tearing up the DMV was simple – distract, distract, distract.

My weapon of choice – the Webmaster’s iPod.

The movie of choice – WALL-E.

After I pulled a number, I sat down with Tad and after getting him settled, pulled out the iPod. He was instantly thrilled. We were probably waiting there for a solid half-hour before I was even called up, and he was perfectly behaved the whole time, aside from his occasional comments of, “Mama, wook, dere’s WALL-E!” and “Mama, wook, EVE!”

There were other kids there with parents. They kept staring enviously at Tad.

He was so well behaved that I led him up front with me when my number was called, and he just stood there, watching his movie, until I was done. I sat him down in another seat while we waited for my picture to be taken. And then he let me lead him back out to the minivan – still watching the movie.

The whole process had taken a little over 45 minutes and all had gone as planned. Mommy for the win!

So, if you ever have to take a child somewhere where you just know adults just won’t appreciate a wild monkey running loose – like a government office – plan to distract properly. Get an iPod. Seriously. Everyone will thank you – even if they think you are spoiling your child. Because honestly, they have no idea what they’re missing. And it’s better that way.

2 Responses to “How to take a child to the DMV”

  1. Aunt Lynda
    September 22nd, 2009 07:40

    This one brought chuckles! Wish they had had iPods when Ron was Tad’s age.

  2. Ressis
    September 22nd, 2009 10:12

    I’m not looking forward to renewing my license next year. 🙁 Thanks for the tip!