The girls and I are headed on a long drive next week (anything 6+ hours is long for us, though I know many people drive much longer distances), so I thought I would pull together some of my personal advice for surviving a long drive alone with kids. Now, obviously this varies drastically by age, so right now my advice is applicable for children in the 2-5 range. In a few years, I'll have to update this with advice based on their ages then. And under 2 is always about just hoping they sleep a lot or are entertained by the views outside the window or siblings next to them.
So, this is what I plan to do to try and survive the trip with as little frustration as possible (fingers crossed for no traffic):
1. Media is the automatic choice when thinking about how to entertain kids in a car, but I hate to have them mindlessly staring at a screen the whole time. So, we have been watching a lot of Preschool Prep DVDs in our car. They are great because they help with sight words, phonics, numbers and letters but are also interactive because the kids like to shout the sounds and words out loud as the DVDs play. Honestly, my girls love it so much and don't seem to realize they are learning. I highly suggest trying them out! Books on tape are also an awesome way to pass the time.
2. I personally enjoy some quiet time in the car too, where I can listen to music and focus on the drive with no loud noises in the back, so it is useful to pack a few things to take a number of media breaks (other than the nap(s) that every parent hopes for):
Hope this helps you on your next long drive! I would love to hear your best suggestions for making car travel easier so that perhaps I can have some new, awesome ideas for my next car trip with the girls!
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Jessica and Ana
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