Although children can be sometimes unpredictable and there is really no way of telling what will come next where they are involved, here are a few hacks on how we can make them behave in the car during travel.
Potty Business First
Nothings makes children misbehave than when they are feeling uncomfortable and needs to go on a bathroom break. Some toddlers who have been potty-trained would even refuse to pee in their diapers. To solve this, make sure they make the trip to the bathroom to do No.1 or No.2 before you buckle them up in the car seat.
Bring Their Comfy Blanket
While most children enjoy seating in the car, there are those who are not really comfortable, especially during long drives. To help them soothe themselves, make sure to pack their favorite comfy blanket. Who knows, they might even surprise you with long and peaceful naps.
Children learn better and faster when they are having fun. Introducing new concepts to them, like being eco-friendly, is best accompanied with fun activities for a better learning experience.
Do you know the old adage that goes, “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”? It is a must to raise eco-friendly children who will nurture and protect the environment in the future.
Here are a number of fun eco-friendly activities you can do with your children to get them to love and enjoy nature:
Take a Walk
Walking is one of the many enjoyable eco-friendly activities you can do with your kids. It is not only a good form of exercise, it is also a good way to expose them to nature. Walk under the sun for some much-needed Vitamin D. Explore together and teach them to appreciate the world around them.
Go to the Beach + Swim
Swimming at the beach is another fun way to expose children to nature. Let them swim and enjoy the water for hours. Going to the beach does not only expose them to nature, but also gives them the benefit of soaking in salty sea water. When they grow tired of swimming, let them walk at the beach and enjoy the sand as much as they can.
Grow your Own Garden
Growing your own garden is probably one of the best eco-friendly activities to do with children. It will not only instill in them the value of eating vegetables but also the importance of growing them themselves. Learning to garden and tend to plants is a life skill that would come handy at any point in their lives. It is also therapeutic and will help them deal with anxiety and depression later on in life.
Is there anything worse than being miles from your destination with your kids in the back squealing, falling out with each other and endlessly whining “are we there yet?”.
It’s the battle all parents have to face, but with the right preparation you can limit the damage and enjoy stress-free and pleasant journeys.
Buy a baby-friendly car
Start off right with a car suitable for your family’s needs. Safety is always high on the priority list for parents, so check out the air bags and braking system.
Kids always come with plenty of baggage: whether it’s buggies, changing bags or toys. Make life easier for yourself and find a car with plenty of space to fit in the buggy and spare clothes. Storage in the passenger area of the car can also be used to your benefit by placing toys and activities within your child’s reach.
Little extras like tinted rear windows (or adding in sun blinds) will make the journey more comfortable for your kids.
If your current car doesn’t fit the bill or you need a car abroad, check out sites with child friendly car options, such as Intelligent Car Leasing who provide UK car leasing and contract hire to personal customers.
Organize car activities before you start the car
Preparation is key. Arm yourself ahead of time with as many distractions and activities as you can. Ask your kids to pick out some of their favorite music to play on the journey. Kids can fill out activity printables on the lap trays, or on a clipboard.
Simple coloring pads and wax crayons will help keep younger children entertained, whilst older kids may want to take a DVD player and headphones, or a small games console.
Classic travel games such as “I Spy” or looking for a particular color car are also great to use up a bit of extra time.
If you are like most families, getting everyone up in the morning can be a struggle. Getting the kids out of bed and off to school can sometimes take all of your energy and it feels like you haven’t accomplished much, even if your morning lasted two or three hours. So, how can you have more productive mornings with your kids? There are some terrific ideas out there, and we will be going over five of the best. These five suggestions just might allow you to get more accomplished during the morning hours.
Fix a Good Breakfast
The first thing that you want to do if you want everyone to be productive is to fix a good breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as you have undoubtedly heard over and over, but in the case of productivity it definitely holds true. If you have breakfast first thing in the morning before anyone does anything else, it gives your family a chance to touch base and prepare for a morning that is productive.
Create a Routine
Our second suggestion is to create a routine that you can follow every morning. Routines sometimes take a while to establish, but once you are able to develop those habits, you will see yourself getting things done much easier. Rather than letting your mornings be a free-for-all, consider making times when your children should be having breakfast, showering, checking their homework and school backpacks for the day, or any other activities that you want to add to your schedule. If your kids know what time they’re expected to do things, you’re still going to have to prod them, but they may develop good habits after some time.