With school starting this week (today!), our time was dwindling for any road trips or vacations, no matter how small. Last week, however, we managed to get away to visit family just a few hours out. It went about as smooth as it can with 3 anxious kids.
There are a few tips that I’ve picked up over the years, however, to combat the “are we there yet?”s that inevitably occur.
1. Enjoy the view. Bring along a camera for yourself, if you’re not driving that is, and for the kids as well if you can. Not only does this give them something to do, but they get their own photographs of where they’ve been. If you can’t give everyone a camera, then just point out anything that might be interesting as you pass.
2. Take rest stops. Give yourself extra time for breaks, so that little legs have a chance to stretch and breathe some fresh air. The rest stops with a play area are the best thing ever invented to break up the monotony of a long highway.
3. Bring food and drinks. But not too many drinks. Because while it’s great to curb all that pent-up energy, you don’t want to have to find a restroom every 20 minutes. Kids are so much easier to please when their bellies are happy, though. Make sure it’s light and easy-to-eat.
4. Be prepared. My daughter used to get sick anywhere we went, it never failed. She’s better in that regard now, but I still like to be prepared for any stomach issues that might befall us. As such, I take along Culturelle Kids! Probiotic.
Available in both dissolvable packets and chewables, Culturelle Kids! is the #1 pediatrician recommended probiotic supplement brand for children. It helps restore the natural balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract, aiding in the alleviation of occasional tummy troubles while bolstering a child’s own natural defenses. In other words, Culturelle Kids! can be a vacation saver.
5. Don’t set high expectations. A vacation with 3 young kids like I have is not going to be especially relaxing. Neither is a simple road trip. It will be loud and hectic. It could also be fun if you give it a chance, but in a completely different way. A great way. Possibly an even better way. Just remember your kids are not going to recall if they saw every station you had scheduled in or animal exhibit at the zoo. Whether or not they had a good time is the memory they will hold onto.
This is a compensated post on behalf of Culturelle Kids. Opinions and words are my own.