Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Better Car Journeys With Children

As parents, we need to make decisions sometimes that means we will spend a long time, sometimes a VERY long time in the car with our beloved children. This prospect doesn’t fill us with joy often because Children need entertaining. Otherwise, their behaviour can become less than desirable. 

But what can we do to ease the journey and make sure everyone has a great trip to the seaside? Here are a few tips for you to follow the next time you plan a journey


Photo by Ricardo Rocha on Unsplash


Snacks, Snacks, Snacks!

Said three times because you cannot underestimate the value of snacks on a car journey, make sure you pack a picnic before you leave or be prepared to fork out a small fortune at the services when the bored and hungry children beg you for a £5 bag of sweets! Don’t forget to bring drinks to stay hydrated too, also the adults need some energy to deal with the children at the other end of the journey. Not being able to burn off the energy they have bottled up for a couple of hours could have some effects on their behaviour. 


Electronics

Ok so we’re all trying to cut down on the amount of screen time our children have, but it’s never a bad idea to keep some iPads and DVD players charged and ready to go for a long journey, there are plenty of educational games or apps that encourage interaction with the rest of the family as well so it’s not all bad. Plus if they take some photos along the way, you may end up with some fantastic pictures for the holiday album too! 


Consider the Time

Some people have come up with the great idea to put the children in their PJs at usual bedtime, pack them and their pillows in the car with some blankets and get on the road! Obviously, this means the children are nice and sleepy so not bouncing around in the back of the car, just make sure the driver is well-rested before the journey, and plenty of stops are taken if needed! This little life hack, though, could be a great time and sanity saver for everyone if it works for you! 


Music

Whether you’re in a Used Vauxhall Zafira Tourer or the latest supercar you’re not going to want to listen to the Cbeebies soundtrack the whole way there, but it’s always a good idea to allow the children some time to listen to their favourite songs to keep them entertained. If you compromise too, you might end up enjoying some of the setlist yourself as well! How about a Karaoke competition along the way too? No...? 


Don’t underestimate how stressful a car journey can be, you will need to prepare well in advance to try to avoid tantrums on the way. Depending on the age of your children and the length of the journey, you will find it always pays off to plan your trip carefully in advance!

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