Whether you are on an extended road trip or just on your way to the grocery store, it’s common for children to get bored during the ride. This can lead to undesirable behaviors like making loud, annoying noises, fighting, and kicking your seat. If this is an issue you deal with on a regular basis, here are some tips that can help you and your child find relief.
A lot of parents hand over a cell phone or tablet in order to keep their child busy. However, you should be careful about doing that because this only teaches your children to be dependent on devices for entertainment. Force them to do other things by providing non-screen entertainment. This can include notebooks and pencils for drawing, puzzle books, stories, travel board games, etc. You can let one of your children pick the music for the ride. Take turns choosing the songs you listen to each time you go out.
When you're in the car, you're probably driving, and you need to focus on the road to keep your kids safe. If they absolutely need your attention while you are driving, pull over. Otherwise, reaching into the backseat while driving can cause you to wreck. Children are fully capable of keeping themselves entertained. Give them what they need and let them be. Make sure that your children understand what your expectations are of them. They shouldn't be fighting or causing a distraction that will make it unsafe for you to be driving.
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