March 2017

So You Think You’re Too Cool for a Minivan?

I can take my 3 kids and my niece and nephews!

I just heard a collective “yes” from moms across America.

“I’ll NEVER be a ‘minivan mom’!”

“We promised ourselves we’d never get a minivan!”

“I just can’t bring myself to drive a minivan!”

I’ve heard these phrases so many times and my answer is “Why the heck not?” You’re seriously that concerned with looking “cool” that you’re unwilling to drive the most convenient mom-mobile in existence? I’ve driven a minivan from the moment I popped out my second kid and never looked back.

OK that’s a lie. I did look back this fall when we were looking into buying a new Swagger Wagon. I wondered if I should step it up a coolness-notch and “upgrade” to a mid-size SUV. So I looked into it! I climbed into an Acadia and I felt like I was in a clown car compared to my MV! The third row had minimal leg-room and the trunk space was laughable!

“We can always use our car topper when we go on big road trips,”- Husband. “Or Costco…”- Me.

“But what about the sliding doors? I can just see our kids door-dinging everyone at Walmart!”

“We’d just have to get them out of the car every time,” we decided.

So the kids will be a little smooshed, we can use our car topper and I’ll have to open doors for my kids for the next seven years until they become trustworthy…. WHAT ARE WE DOING?!

Finally I looked at my friend who had switched from a minivan to an SUV and got her to confess that the biggest reason she switched was that she felt so much “cooler” in the Acadia. Ha! I knew it! It’s all a lie!

Now I’m not saying I’m the most confident person in the world or that I don’t have insecurities, but being seen rolling into Chuck E Cheese blaring “Kids Bop” in my minivan just isn’t one of them! Are you worried the other moms won’t share juice boxes at the playground? Worried you’ll lose Snap Chat followers? Just trying to hold on to some semblance of your “pre-mom” life? Okay, I get that one.

I just think it’s time so many of us let go of trying to be “cool.” Motherhood is hard! Driving a minivan makes it just a little bit easier. Plus, the cup holders! So many cup holders!