Minivan Mom?

Here’s the deal.

I don’t like minivans. Don’t get me wrong, lots of people do or at least say they do. It’s just that I’m not one of them.

So when we found out we were having our third child, we knew we’d have to upgrade my sedan to a bigger car.

That’s when I started pouring over sport utility vehicles. I love them. The more I looked, the more I loved.

It’s just that everyone that I talked to that has 3+ kids said the minivan is a total game-changer.

How? I kept asking. Why??? I wondered.

So naturally when friends and family would tell me their answers I would smile and nod and go back to my online SUV search.

It wasn’t until I was in the parking lot one day with my kids watching one of them almost slam our car door into someone else’s that I realized … a sliding door might be nice.

Then the sports season started and all the soccer gear was taking up all the space and I thought … something more roomy would be excellent.

Basically, I was doomed.

And so … we set off to test drive minivans.

The look on my face in the picture above is how I felt about it. It’s just that they’re so, minivan-ish.

“Listen! It has a great speaker system!”, my husband said.

I was not impressed.

“Look! it has built in shades to keep the sun out of the baby’s eyes!”, he persuaded.

I rolled my eyes.

Bottom line is I realize this is a first world problem. Some people can’t afford to upgrade and I should be thankful that we both work hard enough that we can.

It’s just that I really wish they’d put sliding doors on SUVs and I don’t understand why that isn’t a thing yet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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