Real Solutions: 20 Smart Ways to Make Traveling with Kids Enjoyable

13. Listen to books on tape
"Traveling with my children, ages six and nine, has become much easier since I started bringing books on tape. Whether we use them in the car's tape deck so we can all listen, or in an individual tape player for more quiet, the tapes offer a focus during the ride. Even my constantly moving six-year-old is happy to sit quietly and listen."

14. Keep talking
"Talking to very young children about area history and customs keeps them interested. Point out rocky cliffs, caves, bridges, wildlife, historical buildings and so on."

15. Reward good behavior
"We give our boys, ages four and five, incentive to behave, like getting to pick out a travel souvenir or have Daddy or Mommy sit next to them in the car."

16. Offer incentives
"When I traveled with my kids, we would play 'Mommy's Store.' Here's how it works: Before the trip collect the things you need for the store, such as small toys, nail polish, cards, crayons, coloring books -- anything that will keep the kids occupied for a few hours. Then mark the price of the items: Small toy $2, nail polish $3 and so on. You can use play money or make your own Mommy Dollars. Then put the store in a box or bag. For every hour the children are good they earn a Mommy Dollar. When you stop to rest or get gas you give the children their Mommy Dollars and they can go shopping at the 'Mommy's Store.' If they chose to hold on to their dollars and buy something more expensive, it is their decision. With the things the children buy at the Mommy Store they have a few hours of distraction. The Mommy Dollars keep coming and the trip is a happy one."

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