Work-at-home parents need time to get away from the work, take a break, and sometimes that break comes in the form of a family vacation. Families located in Colorado can enjoy a vacation close to home in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, or being in a landlocked state, the beach can be a fantastic change of pace. No matter where you go or where you're from, relaxation is probably a priority when vacationing.
Whether you are traveling near or far, we all know traveling with kids, no matter how fun the trip, can sometimes be hectic. Here are some tips shared by Project for Preschoolers to help make the traveling more enjoyable for you and your kids.
Things to try or keep in mind when traveling with young kids to keep both them and you happy:
Create a travel bag with special activities that include some special “new” activities your child doesn’t regularly do. The excitement of something new will keep them busy for a while. Don’t necessarily hand your child the travel bag to dig through themselves. Instead, offer them an item or two to look through so you can stretch out the presentation of all the new items.
Plan for extra breaks during your travel time. Allow your child the opportunity to get up and stretch, explore their surroundings and maybe even run off some of that extra energy. Sometimes it may seem easier to keep them seated for as long as possible because settling down is a challenge in itself. However, consider encouraging them to explore and see the new things around them, that’s what traveling is all about! Even on a road trip, allow for extra time at pit stops to run for a few minutes or explore the scenery.
Bring your own snacks. Always bring snacks you know your preschooler likes. Also include some special treats that aren’t necessarily commonplace at home. You never know when a little comfort food will help and occupy a restless kiddo.
This is a trip, and trips are special events, treat the occasion as such. If you are excited and having fun, your child will follow your lead. If you are stressed or anxious, your child will potentially find every button you have – pushing just to see the reaction. Just remember to stay positive and the mood will work with you.
No matter how short or long a trip is, just remember, your own preparedness when traveling with kids really makes a big difference in how your kids react. Give them the ability to participate, but be prepared for long travel days and tired little bodies. Patience makes a big difference.
For more great tips and activity ideas for preschoolers, visit Projects for Preschoolers.
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