Tips For Road Trips With Kids
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Usually when parents think about a road trip with their kids, they think it's going to be hell on wheels! I thought that too. Being from America, when newbie parents buy their new family car they think, "I MUST have a DVD player". I, too bought my first family car with a DVD player installed in it. I thought it would be a great distraction when hitting the road for a long trip. Since my move to Australia, however, our new family car does not have this feature. For some strange reason, it didn't stress me out. Maybe because I was in a new placeand a new environment with interesting things to see. For about two years, we have done family road trips, from 2 to 6 hours long and not once has my toddler been bored and asked me for my iPhone or iPad. Now that I'm writing this, I find it strange. American families rely so much on TV to entertain their children, don't you think?
So I began to think about what did I differently on road trips with my child, to keep him engaged when he was awake.
Here Are My Survival Tips
1. Bring snacks and water.
2 . Play Games: I Spy, Shapes and Signs etc...See reblog to see great road trip games.
3. Talk: Yes, communicate with your child about what's outside. For example, if you see a cow: talk about what a cow eats and where we get milk.
4. Use sunshades on the windows.
If you have a baby, it's a bit trickier. I usually end up squeezing in between my two sons and giving my baby a bottle, food and toy when he needs it.
Posting Soon: Recommended Audio Books For 3 Year Olds
What are your tricks? I'd love to add them to my arsenal!
These are some great car road trip games to play for all ages by Terry Neff