Are we therrrrrrre yet?????Aug 10, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
Most of you who frequent my writings know that I have boys. Two of them. Ages 4 and 7. Who hate long car rides. Who love to bicker.
Unfortunately, in this day and age of divorce and split homes and living as far as possible from your ex, long car rides become a fact of life for many families. Here is what gets us through...
** What to pack **
Books, toys, snacks, blankets, pillows, duck tape, non-spill cups, tapes or cds with favorite songs, water, baby wipes... okay, so maybe not the duck tape, but it's tempting... even if only to threaten with.
** Some travel games **
The old stand by travel game of finding as many states on license plates as possible is one we play (heck, I even play it when I'm travelling alone). We don't really compete, but take a map or write out the state names and cross the states we've seen off.
We also look for letters on billboards... starting with A and so on through the alphabet. This works well with my 7 year old who knows letters, but the 4 year old... well, he tends to see a Z or a G on *every* billboard. So he has to look for things like stars or trucks or monkeys on the billboards. Don't laugh! We've actually found a monkey before!!
There are other easy games like 'Guess the population of the next town' (before getting there of course), 'What color is the next car that will pass us,' and our favorite... 'Earn cash by spotting deer on the side of the road!!' Preferably in front of the car, but hey...as long as they're looking...
** What NOT to bring **
Gummy Bears, bubble gum, scissors (seen it happen...can you say kids with missing hair and holes in your car seats? Not in my vehicle of course!!), travel games with small pieces and don't put anything within arms reach of your kids that you don't want to see sprayed, smeared or squirted all over the back seat.
Travelling with kids may or may not be rewarding to each individual parent, but it does give you valuable time with your kids to find out who they really are. And like it or hate it, after 10 hours in the car, they'll show you their true colors, good and bad. Being prepared can make any trip more of a positive experience. And remember, as your sweet angels are bickering their way through their fifth state in as many days, it's always better than the child who is so quiet that you have to start to wonder what he is up to.
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