They pulled into the parking lot of a 7-11. He said, "I can tell mom is really having an Energy Drain with all the fussing and fighting you two are doing. I really think she needs an ice cream to be able to keep driving. I'll be right back." He went in and bought ONE ice cream, just for mom.
Mom enjoyed it immensely. The kids looked on enviously but knew not to beg for one. She then proceeded to drive to Seattle. The rest of the drive went on with no fussing and fighting.
I loved hearing this story since it reminded me that all it takes is pulling off a Training Session like this just ONCE and you can reap the benefits for a long time. This might not have been planned ahead of time but the way the Dad seized the opportunity was awesome.
Dad and Mom are also still giggling to themselves about how effective this was.