Beginning with this weekend, we will be traveling at least once a month every month between now and October. All of these trips will be made by car. In honor of our upcoming adventures, I thought I’d bring you a little “Fact or Fiction” quiz about traveling with children.
1. Fact or Fiction? Leaving the house at 3:00 A.M. means your child will sleep for the first part of the trip. In our case, typically fiction. Once they got into the car, our children rarely went right back to sleep, but often stayed awake for hours.
2. Fact or Fiction? Allowing your children to watch movies on a portable DVD player maintains quiet in the backseat. Fact. It works for us everytime.
3. Fact or Fiction? Packing a lunch to eat in the car saves time and money and benefits your health. Fact. We only started doing this recently, but most of the time it beats whipping in and out of a fast food restaurant. I do try to include a special treat in everyone’s lunch to make it more enticing.
4. Fact or Fiction? The backseat will look like a war zone by the time you reach your destination. Fiction. Well, when our girls were younger, it sometimes happened. Now, though, our eleven-year-old is in charge of “The Bag” which holds their books and toys. Since she’s inherited some of her mother’s perfectionistic tendencies, she makes her younger sister use one thing at a time and return it neatly to the bag when she’s done.
5. Fact or Fiction? Every child is destined to ask at least once on the trip, “How much longer till we get there?” Fact (even when they were too young to tell time!)
Do you find these experiences to be true when traveling with your children?