Tips that should help your car journey with children
Turn The "Possible nightmare"' Into Loads Of Fun
Every time I got into the family car ,as a child I would begin to feel sick. The minute the engine started -----that was it. My younger brother sitting next to me like a beautiful angel with his big blue eyes, blonde hair and beamimg smile must have been such a joy to my parents. Then there was ...me.... I must have been a real 'pain in the neck' to mum and dad. "Moaning Minnie" complaining again before we reach the end of the road. ..'Aaaargh ! Stop please . I'm going to be sick.'
"No you're not it's all in the mind,.. Start counting all the lamposts that we pass. It will take your mind off it."
Lamposts? Please!.I could not think of anything more boring.? Another favourite idea from the grown -ups in what my grandchildren now call 'the olden days.'was to sit on a newspaper.
"Pardon? How can it possibly stop me from feeling sick, sitting on a newspaper?"
Don't be cheeky. Do as you're told. Sit on the newspaper.
OK (but I still feel sick)
"And DON"T read..!!!! that will make it much worse. " (I was always such a bookworm but yes for sure reading would have made the nausea much worse).
So, dear readers, how do we manage today when the problem is rarely feeling sick but boredom. ? Todays' 'nightmare' journeys are usually because you have 2 or 3 even 4 or more children bored out of their tiny minds.
It doesn't matter what brilliant idea you came up with. New toy. New game. The ploy seems to work only for a very short time before we hear the famous chorus of "Are we nearly there yet?"
So, what can we do before a minor argument in the back seat turns into a rehearsal for world war 3 ?
Chocolate.? No. no. no.! Sweets, in moderation yes.
1. Not the slippy, slide fruit drops that a little one could choke on. Chewy, fruity sweets are safer.
2. Instead of the boring lampost count it can be fun to look out for red cars. or depending on the childrens' ages , who can count the most red cars and white cars going passed. (Cars only at this point. Trucks don't count)
3. Who can count the most trucks and buses.
4. "Listening books" for children can be a wonderful hour of peace for mum and dad. Again depending on the ages of the children, you would have to discuss beforehand the kind of story that would appeal to all of them. If you have only 1 or 2 children this is obviously much easier. You may be able to let them have a story book each, Have a strict rule that when one childs' favourite story is coming through the speakers, the others have to be quiet, and the same with next child when their choice is playing.. You may be lucky enough to find that all the children like all the stories.(OK That may be pushing it a bit. I'm trying to be positive.)
5.We're talking long journeys here so the focus will continually be shifting from one thing to another and one child always gets tired before the others, but don't fret. No need for nervous breakdowns on the way to visit Grandma...After listening to book stories they may be ready for sing along time."If you're happy and you know it clap your hands, (clap clap)etc., It's adored by small children all over the western world . ....
6.Oftentimes the youngest in his car seat may be sleepy by now. So you may get some peace and quiet as long as the 'awake ' children behave themselves.. If they are old enough to read .You could encourage them to look for roadsigns, Before the journey if you make sure they each have a piece of paper and a pencil, that you will have already written on. You'll have checked your roadmap and written the names of any big towns or cities between your house and your destination.. If your children keep looking for the next town that is on their piece of paper and they can tick it off when you've been through or passed the town. They'll get excited because they know they are getting nearer with every name they tick off.
Imagine the joy of your little treasures when there is only one town or city left on their papers. They'll be so excited because they know once they see that last name they'll be allowed to sing again that old chorus of "Are we nearly there yet?" And the answer will be .....YES........