Mom Shares How to Keep Kids Entertained on Car Journeys With a Plastic Bag

Young children and long car journeys go together like toothpaste and orange juice—i.e. not at all.

Even the most well behaved kids descend into delinquency when cooped up in a confined space for hours on end.

Whether they're incessantly asking "are we nearly there yet?" or engaging in a heated real estate dispute about an arm rest, getting from Point A to Point B can be hard.

But it doesn't have to be this way. There are methods for muting your offspring, and one of these is, of course, screen time.

However, after a while your children may become bored of holding a tablet, or end up accidentally pressing all kinds of buttons.

For this reason you may be interested to learn one mother on TikTok's genius hack for solving such a problem.

Whitney Leavitt, known online as @whitleavitt, shared a video that shows how you can use a plastic bag to secure yourself a moment of peace.

The video is captioned: "We're headed to Bryce National Park #brycecanyonnationalpark #roadtriphacks #hacks #diy #familyroadtrip #lifehacks."

So, how does it work?

Firstly she begins by opening a sandwich bag, and placing her phone horizontally inside.

Next, the mom removed the headrest and punches holes through the bag before reattaching it, enabling the bag to hang from the back of the front seats.

The camera then cuts to her little one looking mesmerized as they watch the small screen in silence.

Footage of the hack was posted to TikTok on April 16, and has so far been viewed by more than 14.6 million people and garnered 889,800 likes.

Many took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the creative solution.

One TikTok user, eliburon504, wrote: "Only parents will understand the relief oh yes."

Another person, user2175700266578, added: "yes you can have a long trip with no stops."

Crystelle Naicker typed: "Brilliant idea you are awesome."

Some people criticized the method, claiming that young children should not be exposed to screens.

However, others leapt to Leavitt's defense, with Hannah McDaniel explaining: "Y'all say no iPads or tablets until you have kids trust me.

"14 hour car rides and y'all want baby to cry it out? Nah we gotta be smarter than that."

But if watching their favorite show doesn't calm your little ones down, why not try giving them a kitchen whisk to hold.

Yes, this may seem a bit out of left field, but the child in this adorable viral video cannot sleep without one!

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A stock image of two siblings fighting in the back of a car. A mom on TikTok has come up with a clever hack to ensure quiet from children on long journeys. Getty Images