July 3, 2017

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Ease the stress of traveling with kids!

For some parents, the hassle of getting to your vacation destination with kids in the car can cause the entire family to go stir crazy and add stress to everyone involved.

Here are some great tips to help ease travel with the kids:

  • Consider traveling at off-peak hours. Start your trip at 9 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. When you leave later in the day you avoid traffic and the kids will mostly likely sleep through the night. Increase the chances for sleep by an extended playground trip to burn off energy before you buckle them in the car seats.
  • While on vacation, sometimes you need to break the rules! Bedtime disruptions.... Children love staying up past bedtime during the family travel. It is a special treat they'll remember fondly, it is the little things that kids remember. Shrug off the raised eyebrows from strangers, you are making memories!
  • For some parents, the hassle of getting to your vacation destination with kids in the car can cause the entire family to go stir crazy and add stress to everyone involved.


Non - Electronic Game Ideas for the Kids

Need some road trip travel games to play in the car? Well I have a complied a list of games/activities to keep the kids from getting bored and asking "ARE WE THERE YET"?

  • Tunnel Game: See who can hold their breath the longest, while going thru a tunnel. Hubby loved this game as a child and has the kids do it every time we go thru a tunnel in PA.
  • Cookie sheet: A cookie sheet with magnets works great as a lap desk for the car or on a plane. The raised edge can help prevent crayons and cars from landing on the floor.
  • Slug Bug: When we played this as kids we would actually slug each other in the arm. Looking back, probably not the best parenting decision by our folks. LOL. Have the kids watch for Volkswagen Beetles, instead of smacking each other why not take a twist on the game and for each VW Beetle they see, they get a letter. Once one spells out SLUG BUG they are the winner!
  • I Spy: Do I need to explain this one? One person looks around and chooses an object that the others have to guess, with their only clue being these words: "I spy with my little eye something that begins with _____." Once it is guessed, the person who guessed correctly gets to a turn to Spy!
  • License Plate Game Version 1: Keep your eyes peeled and call out letters in alphabetical order; the first one to Z wins.
  • License Plate Game Version 2: Mark off your states with a fun laminated version of the game.
  • The Alphabet Game: Start with the letter "A" and find one on a sign, truck, building etc. Say the word and then move on to the next letter. You can do this as a competition or together as a family for the younger beginning readers. The first one to get to the letter "Z" is the winner!
  • Car travel games: Pick up some fun portable games like Trivial Pursuit, Auto Bingo and more to keep the kids entertained!


Electronic Options
Consider relaxing any restrictions on daily screen time. Video games, iPads and laptops can be true lifesavers when dealing with kids facing hours in close proximity to their siblings. Sometimes a kid just needs to veg out on a road trip.
  • Here are some great options for electronics:
  • Portable DVD Player - Kids love being able to watch their own shows. Pick up a couple of DVD for cheap and you got a couple hours covered in the car! Make sure you have head phones to not disturb the siblings
  • Kindle - A great way to store books to read, games/apps to play and even watch movies
  • iPad - A great way to play games/apps and even watch movies