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Last week I shared 7 Christmas books you can share with your little ones — but this week we are getting down and dirty. Let’s keep it real, traveling with children
can be is a special type H*LL. Long gone are the days of getting comfy in the passenger’s seat (because my hubby always drives. thx hun!) with a book or listening to an audio book, or having an uninterrupted a conversation with Hubby. Now it’s:
Let’s drive as far as we can before they freak out!!!
Let’s stop before they fall asleep so we won’t wake them!
I think she pooped.
He’s hungry –AGAIN!
It all makes me so anxious!
We will be spending Christmas in Ohio this year. This involves a 12 hour drive, with our 4 and 1-year-old. The last time I was trapped in the car with them was the day of the eclipse. We were in the car for 15 hours!!!!! Because we were traveling from Virginia and stopped in Greenville SC so we could see “totality”. Not sure it was worth it.
Needless to say I’ve been thinking of ways to make this trip less torturous. Here’s how we can do it!
The Only Way To Survive Traveling With Kids
Expect the Expected! Plan and simple!
DO NOT fool yourself. This time will NOT be different. No fingers crossed.
Embrace ALL the things you dread most.
Take a few minutes and think — what creates the most anxiety for me?
For me that would be the tears, screams and endless pit stops, and the anxiety I create around missed nap times. Because missed naps mean over tikids and that is a place I don’t want to visit.
So, what makes you anxious? Now, think of how you can embrace/remedy the “issue”.
The best way to embrace what you dread is to change your mind about it.
1- Change the way you think of the situation.
2- Find a remedy.
Expect the tears… and think, how can I avoid the tears? Snacks, games, tablets, podcasts?
Expect the pit stops. How can I take a chill pill and not think about how much time we have lost? How can I make the stops fun!
Expect Tired Cranky Little Ones. How can I avoid missed naps? Change the time we leave? Drive at times they would normally sleep.
Expect Headaches, boo boos & sickness.
Simply Put. Whatever “IT” is you have the power to turn it around. That dreaded road trip will actually become bearable maybe even enjoyable!
I’m off to plan our 12 hour road trip! Expecting the expected! I will be sure to let you all know how it goes!
Where are you heading this holiday season?
P.S. Start The Trip Before it Begins: Planning the best part of any trip — even though we as parents know what’s in store for us, our children will no doubt enjoy being involved in the action.