Rebecca, my kids and I thank you. I’m terrible about “losing” my car.
I hope I’m not the only one who comes out of a store and thinks, “where did I park?” It’s bad enough when you’re by yourself, but when you have children that you’ve just dragged through a store, it’s even worse. So I came up with a plan–I choose a favorite parking row at each store and ALWAYS park there. It’s really not worth driving around looking for a closer parking spot and then having to search for your car when you leave. Just park in that row and get in & out!
This is especially crucial for me to do at the mall–more than once I’ve walked through the entire mall to get to the exit I thought I was parked at, only to realize I was actually on the other side and have to walk all the way back. Not much fun with tired, cranky kids! So now I just pick a row (or a mall entrance) and I know where to go!