In The Social Mirror by Rose Elizabeth Cleveland, she states, “At no time is one’s stock of politeness more likely to be put to the test than when traveling.” How true that can be! Hopefully we can teach our children in the early years to be good passengers so that the whole family can have a pleasant trip together.
- Take your seat for a trip without arguing about where to sit. If seating changes need to be made, be courteous about it. Once a vehicle starts moving, don’t try to change your seat.
- Be considerate of other passengers by moving around as little as possible. Keep your hands and feet to yourself and within the space around you.
- Talk quietly and refrain from making a lot of noise so that you will not be a distraction to others.
- Don’t complain about being bored or the length of the trip. Plan ahead and bring items that provide quiet entertainment. Make any requests, such as for snacks or a restroom break, without whining.
- Never throw trash or other objects out of the window. Don’t make faces or gestures to other travelers.
- When you arrive at your destination, clean up your area of the vehicle, making sure to throw away any trash.
We have been blessed in that our girls have always been pretty good travelers. There are moments of arguments or insane silliness, but I do find it helps if I am well-prepared with healthy snacks and some new type of diversion every little while. Safe and happy travels to your family if you plan to head off on a trip this summer!
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