Mom Admits to Strapping Son to Roof of Minivan

It’s the rite of passage – when you learn you’re expecting a child, you trade it your sporty car or two-door vehicle for a roomy SUV or minivan.

Oh yes, it’s the only way to safely and comfortably to lug around all your new baby gear! Strollers, car seats, portable play pen, diaper bag, you name it – a minivan can fit it all, including the kitchen sink.

It’s convenience at its best, which is why you see so many large families drive minivans until the kids have all grown up and headed off to college. Then, parents can downsize to that dream convertible… some say it’s part of the mid-life crisis, I say it’s celebrating the empty nest.

Once my kids were out of strollers and car seats, we traded in our minivan for a small SUV. Mind you, it’s a sizeable vehicle that can hold two hockey bags including luggage for tournaments. But we don’t have the option of a seven-seater any longer; so we can’t take the grandparents with us, sorry Nanna!

There are times when I miss having the extra capacity in the back, especially when purchasing larger items at the hardware store, or if I happen to spot a lovely piece of furniture at a yard sale. Now, I have to pre-plan purchases, and pay for delivery.

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Although one mom in Wisconsin drives a minivan, she still couldn’t fit a purchased item in the trunk – but had an idea – one that could land her behind bars.

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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