Chances are the holiday season means you're going to be packing up the kids and heading over the river and through the woods -- or even across the country -- to see family. Is there anyway to make that road to Grandma's house less bumpy? Well, of course! The parents of Parent Soup have plenty of tips to share on keeping kids happy and safe en route. Happy holidays!
When to Leave
• "We have a 12-hour drive ahead of us, so we are planning to drive all night. When we traveled over the summer to the same destination, we tried two different methods. First, we drove during the day. Bad idea. It's hard, if not impossible, to explain to a 1-year-old that the driving will end eventually. Second method, on the way back, we left at about 9 p.m. (his bedtime) and drove all night long. He woke up about an hour from home and everybody in the car was happy. Maybe next summer we will try another long day trip, but for this winter, this Mom and Dad will do what works."
~ Parent Soup member HeisMom
Another Travel Time Option
• "We have occasionally gotten up at 4 a.m. to leave on our car trip, and will probably do this again this year. We pack the car as much as possible the night before. The morning of the trip, we wake the kids up gently and buckle them in the car in their pajamas. We get in a few hours of nonstop driving and they get in a few hours more sleep. When they wake up for breakfast it doesn't seem that far to go. Also, you can never have too many sing along tapes!"
~ Parent Soup member Teamduffy