Going on trips with children is something many single persons would never dream about. For parents, however, this is an exciting experience. Not only do they get to travel and discover new things, they also get to impart lessons to their children. Of course, there is the practical issue of keeping the children entertained and well behaved. It is particularly difficult to handle some kids, especially when they are cooped up in the car or an airplane for extended periods of time. Parents who have traveled extensively with their children will have their own tips and tricks to keep the kids quiet. Here are some of those tried and tested methods.
Take their favorite toys.
Depending on the age of your children, they will have their security blanket. Whether it is their favorite plushie or literally a blanket, it will help you calm and soothe their nerves when the length of the trip starts to get to them.
Books are your best friends.
Hopefully, you have introduced your kids to reading and books at an early age. There are numerous advantages to doing so, and education is not the only one. When you are bound to spend hours in the car or the plane (or any mode of transportation for that matter), their favorite books can keep them quiet. You can either read their favorite story to them, or you can have them read on their own.
Bring the tablet computer if you have one.
It is not inconceivable that even children who are below 10 years old already know how to use a tablet computer. In this day and age, some children even start as a toddler! While some parents are averse to the idea, I believe that introducing these gadgets to kids is a good thing. It is a matter of controlling access and what apps you install. If you have a tablet, and your kids use it, then make sure to take it along with you. It will do wonders for your nerves!
This might very well be the most effective thing you can do to keep the kids quiet. You may not be aware of it, but many children get fidgety when they are bored and have no one to interact with. As a parent, you are the first person in their social circle. For some, you may be the only person in their social circle. Take advantage of the travel time to actually talk with the kids. Whatever the topic may be, the important thing is that you pay attention to what the kids are saying. It is also important that you contribute to the conversation and not simply give stock answers or utterances. That long trip is actually a good time to bond with your children! Traveling with kids can be a fun experience. Just make sure that you pack lots of patience with you!