5 Spare Time Tricks for Mom


Monotony in a Minivan

You didn't plan to sit in your car while traffic moves at a snail's pace. Inevitably, though, we all find ourselves mindlessly tapping on the steering wheel and wondering what's causing this jam. It's monotonous, sure, but if you stash a few things in your car to plan ahead for moments like these the time morphs from boring into time that's been set free.

Use this newly found spare time to catch up on an audio book or practice vocabulary words with a language CD or listen to a recently downloaded podcast. Are your kids in the car with you? Pass out word games or play another family favorite, such as the license plate game or 20 Questions.