trips with kids in the back seat
Are we there yet?
No matter how short the car trip, this is the most commonly
heard phrase by parents, followed closely by the refrains
of "I'm bored!" So here is how to make the trip
go by as smoothly as possible.
If your son and daughter don't get along, it might be worth
losing a bit of storage space by putting one in the back seat
and the other in the third row. And if you know they will
argue over who sits where, decide at the beginning who will
get the third row for on the way there, and who will get it
for the ride back.
Do you have a DVD player in the car or can borrow one? This
will definitely help with boredom, as will having new movies
your kids have never seen before... because if they are watching
Finding Nemo for the 100th time (unless that is really what
your kids want to watch again and again) they can easily get
bored and distracted. Rent some movies before you leave so
their attention will be fully on the movie.
Snacks and drinks
Bring snacks for the kids when they are hungry. It doesn't
mean you have to give them potato chips though! Preplan and
bring a small travel cooler filled with individual baggies
of things like grapes and apple slices. Instead of chips,
bring Crispie Minis (flavored mini rice cakes). And again,
if your kids fight, make sure each child gets an equal amount.
Travel games &
Bring along a travel sized Connect 4 or Battleship. For older
children, you might want to bring something more advanced
like Scrabble. And make sure each child has a selection of
reading books and activity books to keep them occupied.
When you follow
these tips, your next car ride with kids in tow should go
much easier for everyone!