When we hop in the car to set out to our adventure destination, I try to control for as many variables as possible. Do I have snacks? Has everyone used the restroom? Do I know our route so that there aren't any trip-lengthening detours? Is everyone wearing comfy clothes? Have I timed the ride for the kids’ rest time? The list goes on. And if all goes according to plan, drives with the kids can mean meaningful and enjoyable family time.