The question of road-trip music has been raised, so I thought I would answer it in a separate post. First of all, we have tried very hard to get our kids to listen to music that WE like. We always heard stories of incessant, mind-numbing, kids' songs in the car, so we began exposing them early to Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, and other kinds of music we like.
So, here's what we had on our 60-gig iPod for the trip:
Audio Books: Henry Huggins and Ramona the Brave (Ella Enchanted and James and the Giant Peach are ready for the trip home)
U2: custom playlist of hits & favorite songs
Bill Cosby: the kids say "we want to hear one of YOUR stories"
Custom playlist of various Pop/Rock songs including: KT Tunstall, Barenaked Ladies, Coldplay, Corrine Bailey Rae, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews, The Fray, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, The Police, R.E.M., Sheryl Crow, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Train, U2, The Wallflowers, etc., etc., etc.
Folk Playground by Putumayo
And, believe it or not, we also have periods where we listen to nothing at all! The kids work on their puzzle books, or play with pipe cleaners, or something else.
Thanks for the question, Melissa!