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Rules for Travel With Kids

by Joan Bramsch (c)1999


ALWAYS USE SEATBELTS... ALWAYS! And always practice KAHFOOTY -- say what? You ask...

Keep All Hands, Feet & Other Objects To Yourself! :)


I remember once keeping a journal on a trip to Minnesota because my Dear Grandma was unable to go with us that year. "They've eaten two cut up apples, 2 packs of LifeSavers, had one pillow fight and the youngest has had a bloody nose... and we are only SEVEN blocks from the house!"



RULE #1

Travel at night. Give the child a very nice warm dinner, put on the pjs and a sweater, then start on your trip. Cuddle the child all round w/ a favorite pillow, blanket and toy. Chances are the child will sleep most of the way so s/he will not be hungry, feisty or need to go to the bathroom. It worked for us. Then in the morning we had a really lovely breakfast along the way.

RULE #2

When child is awake: sing, read stories aloud, provide paper to draw, sketch scenes, make notes, watch for white cows with black spots, watch for 'Jack In The Box' heads on aerials, watch for old and new VW Beetles, tell riddles.

Here is a small selection:

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?
A stick.

What do you get from a pampered cow?
Spoiled milk.

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite.

Why do bagpipers walk when they play?
They're trying to get away from the noise.
RULE #3

Play games. Tic Tac Toe is always a good one. I used to make Traveling Tic Tac Toe boards when I was in the toy business.

HAVE A GOOD TRIP!

Hurray!  A car Trip!





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