How To Be a Better Dad: Road-tripping with your kids
How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood and co-parenting section on SingleDad. Share and exchange great fatherhood advice from our members who are in all stages of fatherhood This month, learn about how to travel with your infant kids on a road trip.
Have you ever wanted to go on a road trip but you don’t want to leave the kids? Wondered if taking them would be to much work or energy? Theres always a way to compromise! Below will be different causes and effects of different alternatives. Younger kids tend to have more energy and more curiosity than us adults. Being stuck inside a car with an infant for hours doesn’t sound like your typical road trip you say, but could be the best ones yet. Kids tend to make the best out of things; You give then a dollar and they will cherish that forever.
1. Explain to them what’s going on and where you all are going
All kids really want from their parents are to not be lied to. Honestly is always key in most situations. Explain to them how long the drive is and about most plans along the way so there won’t be surprises. Sometimes this won’t always go as planned because some kids are very stubborn in their own ways already.
2. Plan certain destinations per 3-4 hours
This might sound not ideal to most people but for your family and kids it does. Kids will watch a movie and or take a nap for 3-4 hours, but to keep them entertained for more plus hours sounds impossible. What I mean by plan destinations is every 3 hours pick a beach or hike on the way to the destination. That will even help with driving a lot and getting tired. Its easier to see 3 hours until destination versus 15 hours till destination.
3. Try your best to keep them entertained
Better have a great kid friendly playlist for this drive to keep everyone happy! Making sure the kids are happy and have multiple sources of entertainment. Kids attention span is very short, you will need a lot of different forms of entertainment too! I would always pick books first because kids take great information from books as if they watched a movie they are just observing. Kids also love to have toys and action figures to keep them always entertained. Bringing your kids is a huge moment for your family and a great ending experience. With that all being said, you can decide what you think would work best for you and your kids.
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