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Tips for Commuting with Kids – Share Your Ideas!

Tips for Commuting with Kids – Share Your Ideas!

Family Room blogger Kate shared some great tips on how to keep your car clean when your co-pilot is a toddler. But keeping the mess under control isn’t the only challenge a parent faces when they commute with their child. Commutes can be boring. And tiring. And stressful. So, how do you make the travel time more enjoyable for everyone?

Today some of the Family Room bloggers are chiming in and offering go-to tips and ideas that may come in handy when you’re in the car with kids.

Tips for Commuting with Kids in the Car

“For our family it’s all about snacks. They’re so hungry when I pick them up and during drive home that as long as I have an apple or granola bar they are totally happy.” – Emily

“Enjoy the adventure. Use the time to connect with your kids – for the most part, your kids are stuck with you in a confined space so leveraging this time to connect, talk, sing, or just be silly allows for you to enjoy each other’s company and make the most of the time you have together during the work week.” – Marisa

“I keep a small bag of Dum Dums in my glove compartment. If the kids start complaining they are hungry or I forget to pack a snack for the long commute home, I have a backup plan. Plus, once you give a child a lollipop, it’s amazing how quiet a stressful ride can become.” – Mary

“I don’t have a far commute but often take extended road trips with my kids to the mountains. I suggest a car survival kit that includes snacks, favorite books, and scribble pads (Magna-doodles, etc.). For snacks, I like chewy granola bars because they make less mess and are easy for kids to hold without spilling everywhere. With my oldest, we also like to play “What am I thinking?” where we need to ask yes/no questions to try to determine what the other person is thinking.” – Amy

“I like to turn off the electronics. Riding in the car is one of the few times that no one can “walk away” from family time. It’s the perfect opportunity to talk, sing, observe and laugh. You’ll find that as your children get older there will be a huge payoff for making car time family time. Imagine really talking with your teenagers about their day and their lives. Imagine teaching your teen to drive when your family practice is to have electronics off in the car. You’re going to be so glad you talked with your baby in the car.” – Ruth

How do you keep the peace and enjoy car rides with kids? Share your ideas!

This article was originally published in 2014 and has since been updated.

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One comment

  1. Maggie April 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    For my 2 and 5 year old, who endure 2 hours in the car each day, I keep clipboards with paper and crayons, a rotating selection of look and find books and toys. We listen to lots of music, dance in our seats and tell stories. Sometimes I break up the trip home by stopping for errands, playgrounds, and impromptu snowball fights.
    They’re both such good travelers so we’re able to drive to see family 4 or even 7 hours away without issues. All I do then is add some snacks and a stop to stretch our legs.

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