Thursday, 07 February 2013
My kids during a trip from Texas to Virginia. I'm pretty sure her face sums it all up. BOREDOM! LOL!
As requested by @my_final_username here are some of the best ideas we could come up with for surviving long (or sometimes short) car rides with kids! I've survived quite a few myself, including our move almost 4 years ago from Jacksonville, FL, to Houston, TX, when my two children were 3 and 5 weeks old (AHHH!!!!). That, my friends, was a challenge. I feel like I've learned a lot about this over the years, and I've filtered that knowledge over Pinterest to round up some ideas for you beyond what I can offer.
Because here is my advice from my experience: Add a few hours to your estimated driving time, it'll decrease your frustration level. You're going to need to stop far more than you expect and it's going to take far longer than you anticipate. For. Each. Stop. Oh yes, my friends. And this is to your benefit! Because the longer the kids are out of the car, the less grumpy they will be. And the less grumpy they are, the better their in-car behavior will be. I recommend stopping at rest areas with playgrounds. Or restaurants (fast food, whatever) with playgrounds. Get that energy out, let them stretch their muscles, baby! You'll be glad you did, trust!On to Pinterest!
Source: myyellowsandbox.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Those name initial clips are for each of the kids (heck, maybe for Mom and Dad, too). When someone has poor behavior, their clip gets taken down. What is the significance of that? When you get to a stop, those who still have their name clip up get a treat (whether that's picking out a snack at the gas station, whatever). It's a visual reminder to have a good attitude.
Source: canadianfamily.ca via Sarah on Pinterest
Made from an Altoid box (decorated), buttons, and loose magnets. I think this is freaking GENIUS!! It's also, of course, only for kids old enough NOT TO SWALLOW the darn magnets. You know your kids better than I do.
Source: Sarah on Pinterest
I am not familiar with the company Thirty One. But this is their Timeless Beauty Bag. I see online that it's like $20-$25. What a great way to keep everything, including your tablet, on the back of the seat in the reach of the older kids. I love this. You won't find something cheaper that does all of that, unless you make it yourself (and then maybe you can make it for less).
Source: happygoluckyblog.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Another genius mom. This is a cheap cookie sheet turned into a dry erase board (you can use markers or crayons on it), and don't forget it's magnetic. This mom made more magnets for this project using flash cards and magnet sheets. I THIS.