By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Ahh, the lure of the open road. Thoughts of road-tripping cross country, taking in the sights, looking for a fantastic hometown diner--all the delightful images of traveling Route 66 fade away in a rush when your reality is shepherding the kids plus a canine friend to your new house. Planning a drive which helps to keep everybody on an even keel is probably not at the top of your to-do list right at this moment but take a couple of minutes to map out your travel strategy together with your route--it's certainly worthwhile.
If your moving company has packed and loaded all your things, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and the new home in Colorado Springs, the apprehension of the drive is authentic. And it appears like the simplest thing to do is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone is continually busy, and you will be able to have a little peace and quiet and also NPR. That's the simple approach, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your phone with road songs--this is a generation that's evolved on "Baby Shark" and should master "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".
Setting up Your Path to Colorado Springs
Get genuine paper maps for your children and teach them how to look at the symbols and find the rivers, roads, state borders, etc. Get them to locate entertaining things to do--"sight-seeing opportunities"--along the road and let everyone pick out one tourist trap along the route, or one per day you are on your way. Should you be going with family pets, here is the opportunity to get them out of the car and going a bit throughout the day.
Youngsters today. They're so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they have missed the fun of car activities. If you cannot remember any, or you despised them as a youngster and didn't take notice, consider these. You simply need your creativity for such old favorites. You and your spouse will initiate each of the activities until there's complete buy-in.
· Name Game--list a name. The next individual has to think up a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your individual specifications concerning nicknames and diminutives, depending on your children's age groups as well as overall inclination regarding hand to hand struggles. Proper names, places, cars--anything goes here.
· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one while you can, considering that VW is stopping manufacturing on the Beetle. If you notice one, you yell the color and punch buggy--"orange punch buggy" and then--real fast--"no punch backs". The winner consequently gets to GENTLY poke sisters and brothers on the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.
· Grandma Went to London--there are lots of names for this activity, nonetheless in essence, you start with "Grandma went to London and she packed ......" The next person affirms exactly the same thing and adds another thing, and so on. It is simpler to proceed alphabetically so you can get past the 3rd round.
· I Spy--easy enough, just one rule. The item you spy will have to be inside the car.
· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Choose the feature, and the person who sees it first receives the points. If you're heading through a rural region and see real animals, be sure you count fast.
Put family-friendly, fun to sing music on your gadget, and teach the children the fun of the aforementioned John Jacob. Let them instruct you on songs they have learned, also--but only one Baby Shark per drive. Or Mommy's visiting London with an bare suitcase.
Long days in the car are usually tiring, and nobody really wants to be endlessly entertained. Play audiobooks--pick books you are all acquainted with, therefore if somebody dozes off they do not miss something. Nothing beats Harry Potter for road trip listening.
Avoid being the mean mother and father and hinder all of their technology nevertheless do attempt to limit it by providing other activities to do. An excessive amount of screen time can make everyone a tad dialed out and grouchy, and this is certainly not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in Colorado Springs are going to be unloading the truck and you'll be in the middle of unpacking your new home. The youngsters can retreat to their new rooms and not be seen again. Take this time to force some old-school entertainment on them--years from now, these shall be happy remembrances.
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