Traveling with kids is exciting and has the potential to leave lasting memories, but it can be a lot of work.
With some planning and preparation, long car rides can go smoothly. This week, we discuss traveling in cars with children.
Bags are packed. Now what?
The most common challenge about traveling with children is that they get bored easily, which can lead to misbehavior. With little to do and few distractions, preschoolers and older children are likely to whine, complain, fight with their sibling, or refuse to wear their seat belt.
This is, understandably, stressful for parents, as well as distracting.
- The first step in tackling car travels is to prep your child ahead of time.
- Explain the importance of car safety, including staying in your seat buckled up.
- Explain why it is important for the driver to stay focused on the road.
- Talk to your child about where you are traveling and how long the trip will take.
- Show your child your travel route on a paper map.
Then, go over the “Rules of the Road.” Decide on two or three easy-to-remember rules for your child to follow while in the car. This could include:
- Use a quiet voice.
- Always keep your seat belt on.
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Keep your feet off the seat in front of you.
- Hand toys to each other gently.
- How to tell you they need to stop.
If you’d like, you could offer a reward for following the rules. A special activity or present given at age appropriate intervals, and when you arrive at your destination could be enough incentive to keep your children rule-following.
For more tips and to read the full article, visit lanekids.org.
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