Summer time in my house means travel time! My husband and I love to pack up our car and visit new places with our daughter, and other members of our family. Just last week we took a long weekend trip to Gulf Shores Beach. While we love bring able to spend time together at different destinations, sometimes it can be difficult to cure the “Are we there yet!?” syndrome our daughter seems to get after the first hour of a 10 hour drive. And to you parents out there that take long road trips with more than 1 child, you are braver than me! Here are some of my favorite summer travel tips for traveling with kids I have found out along our travels!Continue reading
So you’re getting ready to take a trip. Going on vacations can be a lot of fun but sometimes the trip there can be stressful with kids. I recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. with my family. I am a big fan of road trips so because of this and the fact that driving to your vacation destination can save some money, we decided to drive. I have an 8 year old daughter, so I decided to do some research to find things that could make the trip go as smoothly as possible and keep her entertained for the 7 hours drive. I came up with some really great activities and believe me they kept her entertained.
The first thing I did was go on google and look up places where I could download some free printable games. The best place for these I found was MomsMiniVan.com. They have a large variety of printable games for free and all different catergories to choose from. I especailly liked their battleship game. I made a few adjustments to their Battleship grid to make it easier for my daughter to keep track of her boats. I found quite a few games that can be played multiple times without becoming boring. Instead of printing out multiple pages of the same games what I decided to do was to take report covers/ sheet protectors and slip the games insisde. This way instead of using them one time and throwing them out, they could be used over and over again with dry erase markers. When we were done with the game we would erase and have new sheets. This is also nice because if a mistake was made it could be erased easily.Continue reading
When I was little I remember our family taking “long” trips to my grandparents’ house —2 hours away. Now, I think nothing of our 50 mile one way weekly trip “into town” to grocery shop! My number one tip when traveling with kids is to CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE! As parents our attitude toward traveling will make a tremendous difference in the reaction of our children. When we are going on an adventure then everyone gets excited, if we are just doing our daily routine (homeschooling, nap, snacks, etc.) in the car that is a bit different but not a problem. However, if we grumble and fuss, then the “kick the dog” syndrome sets in and no one is happy!Continue reading