Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Holiday Travel Made Easier by Brenda Nixon

Holiday Travel can be fun, chaotic, memorable, a drag, stressful, or all these! When you travel with kids, it's all those and more; throw-up on the window, the rotten egg under the seat, fungus-covered "I don't know what that is," mismatched toys and hairbands, stale French Fries, and mountains of wadded-up candy wrappers.

When my girls were young we lived several states away from family. Holiday travel became a fine work of art in our home. Here are some ideas that helped us and might make your holiday car travel easier:

  1. Check out books and games from your local public library for the drive.
  2. Take frequent (every 3 hrs) breaks to let the kids run off steam.
  3. Consider driving over-night while the kids are asleep (hopefully).
  4. Play car games as a family.
  5. Sing silly songs together (One trip our family of four, along with my sister-in-law, changed the lyrics of a familiar children's song. Today, we still laugh about it!)
  6. Rotate seating. Allow each kid have a turn sitting in the front passenger seat.

Enjoy your holidaze in the car with your kids!

Brenda Nixon,
Co-Author, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts

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