Tips for Staying Positive While Traveling with Kids

 

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Approaching the summer months, many parents set out plans to travel with their families.

Traveling to me = stress if not properly planned. So, prior to the trip, I have a handful of fun activities that I have in store for the long venture. Be it two hours to the northern part of Michigan, or further away, this time can be stressful and very much NOT fun for your children if you don’t set the proper stage for them.

Some families can wing it, while others definitely cannot. Having four little ones ages eight and under, we need proper prior planning!

Here are a few things we do to keep our sanity when traveling a distance:

1. Pray

Yes, we pray…once the planning begins for our trip, before we leave, once we are in the car and any other time we feel the need! It’s fun to pray together, whether they be short or long prayers.

Whenever we see an accident or an ambulance/fire truck/police car with their lights on and sirens blaring, we say a little prayer for whoever they are going to help. It then gets the conversation started in our vehicle about…well, you just never know what. But we have sure had some great, honest discussions after praying for some “strangers” who need help.

One more thing to pray about: The people who maybe could use a few driving lessons. Oh yes, I know I am guilty. Grumbling under your voice at the person who cut you off, wondering out loud why the person didn’t use their turn signal, and so on. Instead of saying what sometimes may come off wrong to your children, set a godly example for them. Don’t get flustered; smile instead of frown when you are cut off (and praise God you were paying attention instead).

2. Books

Bring lots and lots of books! My girls eat them up like crazy. Add a few new ones to your library and it could keep them entertained for hours. A tip: read them ahead of time so you can talk to them about the stories or have questions for them once they have finished reading.

3. Apps

In this world of technology, you have to have some favorites. Two of my girls are learning their letters and beginning to read right now, and there are some great learning apps that they love!

There is so much you can do on a trip. Keeping family first and your attitude right will set a fantastic example for any family road trip.

Your Turn

Are you going anywhere fun in the coming months that you can use some of these tips for staying positive?

Shannon McAvoyShannon McAvoy: Shannon is much more than a 7-letter name. Her life consists of three little ladies and an amazing husband of 11+ years. Outside of her blogging life at thesimplemoms.com and itsallpink2me.com, you can find her hovering over anything chocolate and peanut butter then running it off whenever she has a chance. Running fills her cup so she can take care of the family God has blessed her with. She is a wordy, type-A, OCD Momma who loves fashion, running, cute babies and more importantly her family and her God. {Life motto :: Phil 4:13}
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Shannon is much more than a 7-letter name. Her life consists of three little ladies and an amazing husband of 11+ years. Outside of her blogging life at thesimplemoms.com and itsallpink2me.com, you can find her hovering over anything chocolate and peanut butter then running it off whenever she has a chance. Running fills her cup so she can take care of the family God has blessed her with. She is a wordy, type-A, OCD Momma who loves fashion, running, cute babies and more importantly her family and her God. {Life motto :: Phil 4:13}

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Shannon is much more than a 7-letter name. Her life consists of three little ladies and an amazing husband of 11+ years. Outside of her blogging life at thesimplemoms.com and itsallpink2me.com, you can find her hovering over anything chocolate and peanut butter then running it off whenever she has a chance. Running fills her cup so she can take care of the family God has blessed her with. She is a wordy, type-A, OCD Momma who loves fashion, running, cute babies and more importantly her family and her God. {Life motto :: Phil 4:13}