CarTravel_RoadTrip_Kids_300By Deborah Goldstein
Road trips with teens and preteens are fairly easy. As long as they can text and snack, they're mostly self-contained. Younger children, however, don't tolerate long rides with the same enviable apathy. For little ones, you'll need some ammo. Here are 10 strategies to help you get from here to there this holiday season, relatively stress-free.
1) Coordinate your drives with naptime. With any luck, they'll nod off. Some parents recommend driving at night, but it doesn't work for everyone. Our 18-month-old cried for two hours late one night until we made it to our destination. Suffice it to say, we no longer do nighttime drives.
2) Research kid-friendly restaurants and activities ahead of time, ones that your kids will enjoy, aren't too far from highway exits, and will hopefully wear them out a little. For example, if weather allows, picnicking at a playground or park helps you save money on food and lets them burn off energy. If it's raining or cold,Read More »from 10 Tips for Long Car Rides with Kids