I’ve been writing humour and parenting books and articles for years, and some of my best “material” comes out of the situations which arise in long, ill-advised road trips with my four children. It’s sort of a melting pot for story ideas on conflict resolution, negotiations skills, and how quickly different foods can deteriorate when left in a car seat drink holder on a hot summer day. I drive the big vehicle in our house, but it’s not a mini van. I have a freakish aversion to them – not the vehicle itself, per se, but the Soccer Mom image associated with them.
Now, I am a Mom, and I do drive to soccer, hockey, dance…even fencing. But that doesn’t mean I have to trade away my rapidly diminishing cool factor when it comes to cars. Busy Moms spend a lot of time in their cars and on the road, so we know what we like and need in terms of comfort, safety, and make up mirrors. I’ve been petitioning for years to get a major car manufacturer to install a sliding glass panel between driver and kids; a feature I think most Moms would love. Two of my children have started driving as well, so you’re going to hear a lot about driving experiences from their side of the steering wheel, as well.
I met my editor at Sympatico.ca Autos years ago when we were paired up for a car scavenger hunt, in the days when you could still use traffic lights as (Incredibly frightening!—Ed.) “BlackBerry pitstops”. I’m happy to contribute my voice to the pages of Sympatico.ca Autos, even though it might be a bit of a nagging one at times.
Besides writing features here, you can also find me in their parenting and travel pages too. I also write for a number of national publications and act as a regular parenting correspondent on CTVNewschannel. If you really want to know what I think about drive –thrus, you can buy my latest book, “Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay
”, wherever books are sold. I’m a Twitter addict, and my main website is found at www.kathybuckworth.com