Many parents will agree that going on holiday with children is anything but restful, especially for those of us who (gulp) decided to take a car trip with our kids. Andy Cohen recently posted a video that perfectly encapsulated this to his Instagram.
Cohen accurately captioned the video “My ‘vacation’ in a nutshell…” adding an upside-down smiley emoji — and honestly, it’s pretty much all our holidays in a nutshell.
Now, Andy Cohen’s son older Ben is full of adorableness. But he is also a 3-year-old, and as such, he is in prime toddler tantrum zone. On a long car ride, there’s absolutely zero way to avoid said tantrums.
In the video, we hear Ben inconsolably crying, yelling at his father to “park the car” as his father tries to (unsuccessfully) understand what it is that the toddler wants.
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“I don’t understand dude, you want to get out of the car?” Cohen asks. “And do what? We’re going home, we could swim, we could look at a [Richard Scarry’s] Busy Town book, I just got you a new book,” he says, using the popular parent distraction method of a new gift — to no avail. “I don’t know,” Andy says to himself, shaking his head as his son is still yelling, at a loss.
Andy shared the situation in the car five minutes later, and it’s a total 180 – super peaceful and quiet. The still-confused dad took the opportunity to debrief, saying “OK Ben, if you had to guess, why would you say you were crying so hard?”
“Because I wanted you to park,” Ben says in a calm voice from the back.
“But why did you want me to park? Because when I parked you didn’t want to get out?” Andy asks his son, and the little one’s reply, while somewhat unintelligible, appears to simply be that he did want to get out, to which Andy replies, “OK.”
“I’m glad we worked through that,” Andy says sweetly at the end of the video. “Feel better?”
“Yeah,” Ben’s adorable voice squeaks from the car seat. It’s all very illogical, but at least there’s a happy ending here.
And Cohen also has a baby daughter, so having to deal with screaming tantrum and a crying baby in a car — that’s the real stuff of nightmares.
It is nice to know that despite the lavish holidays and the seemingly limitless childcare help, celebrities do have to deal with the absolute horribleness of the holiday tantrum/car ride. At least we can feel a little less alone in our misery as we daydream of a day in the distant, distant future when holidaying with our family will not feel like more work than our actual jobs.