Traveling Mom: Road trip tips
Luggage loaded. GPS set. Kids buckled. Let the whining... errrrr, I mean road trip.... begin! Summer vacations are great, once you get there. It's the driving that's tough. Clayton mom Karen Dawkins shares some tips.Posted — Updated
Luggage loaded. GPS set. Kids buckled. Let the whining... errrrr, I mean road trip.... begin! Summer vacations are great, once you get there. It's the driving that's tough. But it doesn't have to be that way. With some simple planning and just a slight shift in mindset, the journey can be as much fun as the destination -- no TV or videos required!
Here are some tips I've learned through the years to keep our road trips fun and frustration free.
By the time our second son was three, he knew more than ten major "landmarks" between our home here in Clayton and Columbus, Ohio. As we passed each one, he would announce the next landmark to expect. Our oldest makes a "Name that Tune" playlist for our trips. He plays a short clip of a song and we have to name artist and/or song title. Whoever gets the most right wins. Surprisingly, his seven-year-old sister usually wins the game. We all "win," though, because the game takes an hour or more and the kids don't even notice.
We stop at rest areas that offer wide open spaces to toss a baseball, throw a Frisbee or play hopscotch. When my kids were younger, we blew bubbles to chase and pop. It only takes 15 minutes, but the payoff of less whining is well worth the investment!
Now that my kids are older, they make the snack food grocery list for road trips. Of course, they always add cookies, candy and chips to the list, and I usually surprise them with one or two. Generally, though, they choose healthier options. More importantly, they don't complain when they peek in the cooler!
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