It’s true. I have no minivan shame. None.
I believe a minivan is one of the best family cars for the money hands down. All those articles on how to be cool despite your minivan are lost on me. I Resisted (with a capital R) the minivan life until after I had my third child. Eight years later I’m now all about this minivan life. I’m ride or die for my Honda Odyssey. I am ashamed of a lot of things but there’s no minivan shame in my game.
Minivan shame is something akin to the cool kid lunch table in middle school. All the cool kids had those name brand chinos and Hostess cupcakes instead of homemade cookies. They had a new backpack every year and the cutest earrings when your mom still wouldn’t let you get your ears pierced.
Now those cool kids are grown, have kids and have 4-door family cars. And they try to make fun of your minivan life. Well, you know what? I wasn’t one of the cool kids back then and I refuse to fit into the Prius-driving cool kid crowd as an adult. A minivan is one of the best family cars for the money because it just makes my life easier!
I have driven three different Honda Odysseys and have test-driven some fantastic other minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica and the Toyota Sienna (which I found to be the minivan to buy if you don’t really want to buy a minivan).
I’m now a bit of a minivan snob, so I stick with my Odyssey. And while I do love whipping around town in the latest, top of the line speedsters from Lexus or Ford, I cannot and will not give up this minivan life. Here are the reasons why I have no minivan shame.
6 Reasons I Have No Minivan Shame
1. I don’t care what you think.
The biggest reason I don’t have minivan shame is because I’m grown. There comes a time in every person’s life when they realize the energy it takes to keep up with everyone around them just isn’t worth it. Trying to squeeze my family into one of the cute, hip SUVs with a third row as an afterthought is not worth it to me just to earn some cool points.
I care about global warming and the impact of race and class on our sociopolitical system and if there is going to be a remake of Living Single. But if you don’t like my car? Oh well.
2. My sliding doors never dings the car next to me.
When I review sedans or SUVs, I find myself repeating things to my kids. “Watch out!” “Open the door slowly!” “Be careful getting out!” “Did you just hit that car?”
When I’m driving my Honda Odyssey, I never, ever have to say these things. Also, my kids can shimmy out of even the tightest parking spots. Bonus! I love family cars that don’t cause my insurance to go up.
3. I can fit all my kids (and yours too).
With four kids, a minivan made sense for us. We can pile in and everyone has room to breathe. We can also fit several double strollers (though we don’t need to anymore), four car seats (though we are now down to two), and we even have room for $300+ worth of groceries (done it).
When the moms at basketball practice hop out of their trendy family cars and condescendingly tell me how they could “never drive a minivan,” I just smile. I know that at some point this season they will be late or need to leave early, and my minivan will be the way their Johnny and Joey, and even Sally too, will get home that day. Even with all my kids buckled in, I can still fit three more. Boom!
4. Automatic door opening and closing makes me a hit in the carpool line.
The thing I love most about my minivan is the sliding doors. I love that they slide instead of swing open. I love that they open and close automatically at the touch of a button. And I love how they can help me move through car pool or any other drop off scenario super fast.
For someone who lives her life cutting it close, this is huge. I have no minivan shame when I can practically come to a rolling stop when letting kids out of the car. (Ok. Ok. I actually completely stop, but my door is open when I do and it hasn’t fully closed when I peel off.)
5. No one steals a minivan
Nope. No one steals a mom-mobile. They steal the cool kid family cars. They don’t even steal my dozens of fingerprint-smudged movies in my glove box or the ‘just-in-case-they-get-hangry’ food I keep in the trunk. I think criminals look at my car and think it is definitely too uncool to steal. I’m OK with that.
6. A minivan is one of the best family cars for the money
Probably the best reason to have no minivan shame is that you have embraced that you are a parent and you have to be good stewards of your money. It took me having 3 kids in under 3 years for me to realize I was fully, unambiguously, and unapologetically living this mommy life.
For me, this season of life with young children means I’m rolling deep with my swagger wagon. Having 4 kids means I need a car that entertains my kids while getting us from place A to place B.
It means being smart about fuel efficiency. A big family also means I need family cars that will last me and have awesome resale value. Minivans are really the best family cars for the money. Go ahead and start adulting!
At some point, I might buy one of the different family cars out there. However, it won’t be because of minivan shame. I can see shedding a tear over giving up my Odyssey actually. The minivan life has been good to me. And if you’re behind me in the carpool line or parked next to me at Target or need me to pick up your kids from the swim team, it’s been good to you too. You’re welcome.
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