Nearly 2/3 of Moms agree, the best part of a summer vacation is getting to spend time together as a family. The problem is, the stress this time together inherently brings.
As you plan your road trips for the summer, make sure you can get there in less than half an hour.
GPS manufacturer TomTom commissioned a survey and found that kids get bored after about 30 minutes sitting in the car. Despite that short fuse, many of us will still plan for trips that last closer to 5 hours when we hit the road this summer.
The survey also discovered something you probably already knew, being stuck in a car with kids for a few hours on the way to a campground, amusement park, tourist destination, or grandma’s is more stressful than work.
It’s so bad, 1/4 of parents will lie when the inevitable “Are we there yet?” comes from the back seat. Perhaps it’s this frustration and propensity to lie that has many parents bucking up for the worst invention ever – minivan DVD players.
Those are not the answer, my puzzled parent pals, here’s a list of things you can grab to keep the kids entertained on the long summer road trips ahead:
Travel Bingo 1 of 6
Games 2 of 63/4 of parents admit to making up games to amuse their kids on the ride. If you don't know any, grab Are We There Yet?, Kids' Road Atlas, or Best Travel Activity Book Ever from Rand McNally. They're filled with travel game ideas, maps kids can follow, and more.
Fresh Music 3 of 6Before you head out, you'll want to make some fresh mixes on your iPod, burn some new CDs, and just make sure you are loaded with music everyone can enjoy. If you're done with the kiddie tunes, check out this list of 12 songs that kids will recognize, but won't drive you crazy.
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Get Them Something To Read 4 of 6Here's a list of 18 great subscriptions for kids of all ages. There own magazine packed with articles, crafts, puzzles, and games. If you have kids close enough in age, they can swap them around.
iPads / iPods / iPhones 5 of 6I may be a hater of the mini van DVD system, but I am a firm believer in the iDevice. Each kid having their own system will let them have individually tailored gaming, reading, music, and video entertainment.
Down Under 6 of 6If none of these things work, just take your kids on a road trip in New Zealand. The survey found kiwi kids are the most patient, they'll last a full 34 minutes before losing it.
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