We want to take a road trip with our kids who are four, six and eight. We tried this last year and the kids acted out and fought and the trip was really miserable. I want to plan ahead a little bit better for this year. Any suggestions?
Dear Carol Ann,
Riding in a car can be really boring for kids. You can try to entertain them with some of the games people play in the car. Try counting blue cars, red pickup trucks or anything you choose. The first one who gets to the designated number (ten or 20) gets a small prize. Bring pencil and paper for games like tic tac toe or hangman. You could also let each kid take turns drawing one feature of a person to see what they come up with. Try to find some books on tape that your children might enjoy.
If your children start fighting, it may be time to stop and take a break where they can stretch out and get out of the close quarters of the car. They are not used to this much togetherness.
Hopefully your kids will have fond memories of your trip when they get older.