HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Kristen Bell arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "CHiPS" at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

If you’re a parent, you know that traveling with little ones can be stressful. You’re trying to load bags into the car, while keeping a watchful eye on your kids, who are full of energy and are zipping around.

That’s why we love this parenting hack from Kristen Bell, who says she uses it to keep her two daughters safe as she loads and unloads her vehicle.

She has the girls place their hands “on the circle” (the car’s gas cap) to keep them from running in the path of oncoming vehicles while she gets everyone ready to depart.

We could see this brilliant tip serving an important purpose before family vacations, or even as you’re coming back from a grocery store outing. Pass it on to all of your parent friends!


Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others.