For some parents, the hassle of getting to a holiday destination, coupled with the inevitable disruptions of children’s schedules, is enough to make them want to just stay home. Of course, these inconveniences usually aren’t a good enough reason to cancel travel plans, especially when grandma and grandpa are waiting to spoil the kids.
To help parents and kids arrive safely and with smiles on their faces, Cynthia Seiler, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, offers Stevensville families the following tips for handling holiday travel with their kids:
* Consider traveling at off-peak hours. Start your trip at 9 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. You’ll avoid traffic, and the kids may just sleep for part of the trip. Increase the chances for sleep by an extended playground trip to burn off energy before you buckle them in the car seats.
* Pick up a dollar store cookie sheet for each child. Add some magnets to make a great lap desk for the car or on a plane. The cookie sheet’s raised edge will help prevent crayons and toy cars from landing on the floor, too.
* If you’re facing a long car ride with the kids, pack each a “travel activity bag” with new games and activities to keep them busy. Keep the bag in the front seat with you, and dole out a new item each hour. For example, a printed map for playing the license plate game. Or, bubbles to blow out the car window.
* Consider relaxing any restrictions on daily screen time. Video games, iPads and laptops can be true lifesavers when dealing with kids who are facing hours in close proximity to their siblings.
* You have two choices on bedtime disruptions during holiday travel – stick to your routine while away from home, or just accept that rules are out the window and make the best of it. For some children, staying up past bedtime during the holidays is a special treat they’ll remember fondly. Do what you think will work best for your family, and shrug off the raised eyebrows you may get from a great aunt because you’re letting the kids stay up late or insisting they stay on schedule.
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For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before-and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life.
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