Sanity-Saving Tips for Road-Tripping With Kids is written in partnership with Chicco
It seems unfathomable that it’s already summer break; I feel like my kids’ childhoods are literally escaping me. My 13-year-old boy has been asking me the most profound questions recently like: “Is there a tube in my nose that connects to my mouth?” UM,not sure what possessed him to contemplate that; perhaps he’s leaning toward a career as an ear, nose and throat specialist?! While my 17-year-old, who is smack in the middle of teendom, is not shy about expressing her utter embarrassment at my husband, who decided he needed to change into a pair of shorts when we recently went roller-skating. He came out of the bathroom and she said, “Oh, daddy, you are really embarrassing me. Can you please put your jeans back on?”
And, while I shared a bit of her embarrassment, I can still remember when her father and I were propped on pedestals as infallible deities. Unfortunately – as she gets older and wiser, that’s no longer the case. Luckily my son has already assured me that nothing I do will ever embarrass him,spoken like a true 10-year-old. But I digress. Summer break means one thing- No matter how old my kids get, it remains constant that A ROAD -TRIP is in our summer plans because I do not relish flying on airplanes. The flights feel cramped, I’m usually starving and end up shelling out $20 for a teeny tiny sandwich. And those bathrooms–especially if you get stuck waiting in line and another passenger emerges after a lengthy stint in the toilet at which point you need to hold your breath and re-enter said bathroom-well don’t even get me started– not a fan! So, personally, I recommend choosing a vacation spot that’s accessible by car if you’ve got young kids, especially toddlers.
The last time I took my then -two-year-old on a plane, he absolutely refused to sit in the seat I purchased for him. (Don’t get me started on what a waste of money that was.) He proceeded to run up and down the aisles, much to the chagrin of the flight attendants, who didn’t feign a smile as he tugged at their clothes to try to slither between their legs. However, when you take a road trip, you’re in the driver’s seat, which ultimately means you don’t to have to keep your kids quiet. They can wail if they like and you can just crank up the radio. And the best part: no airplane restrooms, which are not the easiest place to change a diaper!
So, this summer, my two kids, my husband and our two Shih Tzus are getting in our car and attempting a ROAD – TRIP. And while so many memories pop into my head when I think of my childhood road trips, some of my most robust ones are of the trips my dad would organize every weekend during the months of June, July and August. Sure, I remember picnicking at national parks, convincing my dad to hop on a few roller coasters with me, visiting zoos. But those were just the destinations.
There was something utterly magical about packing up our station wagon with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches my dad lovingly wrapped in tin foil and our big yellow thermos jug of lemonade. My dad would pack my siblings and me in the car, with the windows rolled down (“Who needs air conditioning?” he’d say!) and we’d head out on the open road with a day’s worth of adventures before us. And the real stuff is what transpired during those long rides. What I remember most was listening to my dad croon to his favorite oldies radio station as he regaled us with stories from his childhood and feeling his love envelop us in that wagon.
So for me, there’s something nostalgic and sweet about my kids’ excitement at the prospect of packing up the car and heading out onto the open road. The only issue is ENTERTAINMENT and safety that is why I am sharing a few of my Sanity -Saving Tips for Road- Tripping with Kids and for your littles I’m sharing Car Seat Safety Tips Thanks to Chicco !
Do you know when it’s time to turn your child’s car seat from rear- to forward facing? A new study from Chicco revealed that nearly 3 out of 4 parents are aware of the AAP’s 2-year rear-facing car seat recommendation. Help educate more parents by sharing a photo of your little one riding rear-facing and use #TurnAfter2.
Visit to learn more here www.TurnAfter2.com and keep reading for info on how you can win a Chicco car seat from us and more of my Danity Saving Tips for road Trippin with your kids!!
Honestly, when my kids get all their travel accessories loaded up- I will have no idea what the heck they are doing back there- and won’t hear a peep from them the ENTIRE ride there and back as opposed to the usual- “Mommy, Madi is licking my face!, ” “Mommy, Jackson is putting his leg on me.”
Snacks. Pack a cooler chock full of water bottles, PB&J sandwiches and lots of fresh fruit and veggies because you want to counteract all that greasy fast food you will likely encounter on your road -trip!
Plenty of drawing paper and baseball cards! We have a list of word games my son keeps handy. HANGMAN is one of our favorites and it’s an easy way for us to interact while on the road. Of course, games like are I SPY, Sweet or Sour and My Name is Alice still rank among my kids’ favorites!
In order to make sure that we don’t miss any old-fashioned car games my son makes sure to write a list! These types of games and fun interactive activities will help (the whole family) learn while stuck in the car on long trips.
And, of course, my son loves to pore over his baseball cards and read all the stats and ask questions and just talk sports!
#4 And don’t forget your BOOKS! Every road trip needs books that are carefully selected to challenge and engage kids for extended periods of quiet play. They are the perfect travel companion and are always ready to go.
#5 And don’t forget about Car seat safety!Do you know when it’s time to turn your child’s car seat from rear-facing to forward-facing? What signs should you look for to know whether they’re ready to ride forward-facing?
A new study from Chicco, makers of the top-rated infant car seat, found that 28% of parents are unaware of the appropriate age to turn their little ones around and that parents who turn their child forward-facing prematurely are not reading the right cues:
- 40% think their child’s legs look too cramped,
- 32% think their child simply looks uncomfortable rear-facing,
- 19% say they will turn their child around based solely on what they see other parents doing,
- And 9% even say they would turn their child around before the age of 2 because they noticed other children their child’s age, or younger, were already forward-facing.
Chicco is striving to educate parents about the importance of keeping kids rear-facing for as long as possible through its TurnAfter2™ campaign, a national movement that asks parents to share photos of their children riding rear-facing in the car and using #TurnAfter2 in the captions. Since the campaign launched last year, 26% more parents are aware of the 2-year rear-facing recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ten states have passed legislation requiring children to remain rear-facing until at least age 2.
This year, TurnAfter2 aims to reach the 28% of parents who still don’t know the appropriate age at which to turn their child’s car seat forward – or those who may mistakenly turn their child forward-facing for the wrong, but well-intentioned, reasons.
To celebrate their TurnAfter2™ campaign, a national movement that asks parents to share photos of their children riding rear-facing in the car and using #TurnAfter2 we are giving away a car seat from Chicco’s Portfolio including the Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat, KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and NextFit Convertible Car Seat, to one lucky reader! To win leave a comment here share a Travel tip! For another chance to win You must Follow The Staten Island Family on Facebook and leave a comment that you did so. For another chance to win you must FOLLOW @melissaSChapman on Twitter, TWEET this giveaway and leave a comment here that you did so. For another entry you can Follow MelissaSChapman on Instagram and leave a comment here that you did so! For Another entry you can follow MelissaSChapman on Pinterest . And for another Entry you can Subscribe to our Staten Island Family newsletter and leave a comment here that you did so!
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