Having a car accidents while your children are in the car is a parent’s worst nightmare, and justifiably so. But what happens when your little darlings start to act up while you’re trying to keep your eyes on the road?
Fortunately, there are many ways to keep active, fidgety kids entertained in the car. All you’ll need is a little advance planning and some enthusiasm.
Make Goodie Bags
If you know you’re going to have to travel in the car for an extended period of time, put together some bags of goodies in advance. You can include snacks, games, and fun portable activities for each child. You can even make individual goodie bags for each child, with his/her favorite snacks and toys. Kids appreciate the fact that someone took the time to think of them individually and will love that you remembered what they each like.
Play Some Fun Travel Games
Some games don’t require any materials and can be played on the spur of the moment. Examples such as “I spy,” “20 questions,” or word games like “ghost” are all great options because they require focus and attention as well as providing practice in logic and reasoning. These games are also helpful because they can be thought up on the spur-of-the-moment and require no planning.
Have a Conversation
Time spent in the car can be a great place to help kids develop social skills. Talk to them about how school is going, about their friends, and about football practice. Show them that you are interested in what is going on in their lives. You can also use the time spent in the car to talk about upcoming exciting events, such as your next holiday or planning the weekend’s activities together.
Music and Audio Books
Put on some tunes that you know the kids like. As a bonus (if you can bear it), have them sing along. Even better, make it a contest to see who can sing best!
As an alternative, you can get some audio books that you know the kids will like and listen during the trip. A good story will captivate their attention and distract them so you can concentrate on the road. Audio books also help children develop auditory skills as well as practice in imagining what they hear. They also help foster an interest in reading and literature, and an appreciation for a good story.
Electronics to the Rescue
If all else fails, you can try electronic gadgets. You can have the kids bring along a laptop or portable DVD player so they can watch their favorite TV shows and movies on the road. Or, you can let them use portable gaming machines to play games.
Remember, those energetic little ones will grow up be driving themselves sooner than you think, so treasure this time with them, even if they may try your patience.
If you have unfortunately been involved in a car accident or been bumped by another car, remember you can always seek legal advice if you need it. There are tons of places to seek information and advice from, one I have come across before is Irwin Mitchell who deal seem to deal with everything from a Whiplash claim to Tax investigations, and have a specialized Motoring law team.