Now that it is officially autumn, the season of holiday chaos is almost upon us! And even though this time of the year brings forth opportunities to create wonderful long-lasting memories that will be cherished forever. It also can generate just as many horrible experiences in the way of traveling, especially with children.
To help make your holiday travels a little less hectic, here are a few tips to think about to make traveling with children less of a chore:
Excitement isn’t the only reason that children can get to be such a handful when they are venturing out, but also the insecurity of being away from their familiar environment. If your little one has a favorite toy or comforter, be sure to take it along so that he or she feels less stressed.
A sense of time is not something that most children have. An hour of traveling might just as well be a year to a child, finding ways to avoid boredom is a must! Telling stories, playing music and travel games all help make the time pass more quickly. And if you’re short on your own ideas, going online and doing a quick search will bring up many possible solutions.
Sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a bit. Although typically Mom and Dad tend to occupy the two front seats on long car journeys, consider changing positions. Why you ask?
• Children become bored easily and ones seated together are more inclined to take out their frustrations on one another. This leads to squabbling, fighting and an unending game of “I’m not touching you”.
• Being physically closer to younger children makes it easier for you to give them personal attention and keep them occupied.
Children who are old enough to travel safely in the front may enjoy seeing things from a different window view. And you never know, mom or dad my just benefit from having the entire back seat to themselves, if there’s only one child in the family.