|Where we drive to, Cornwall|
If chatting, listening to shows and musicals and playing car snap has gotten boring then we get out colouring books from the back of seat pockets (or find a petrol station quickly to buy some!) and let the lads draw what they see, or freestyle scribble, I’m not fussy as long as no one draws on the car seats. Again you can make this more interesting by adding a prize to it. Whichever child draws/colours the best will be able to choose their favourite food one evening meal when we are on holiday – normally we would let them both do this during a holiday or short break anyway, but its much better when they think they earned it.
If things are going wrong, major delays and grumpy, fed up passengers, PARK THE CAR. Get off the motorway at the next exit and look for somewhere to play, stretch their legs and let off steam. Some motorway service stations have play parks, but if this junction didn’t, don’t panic. Almost everyone has sat-nav these days, as most smart phones have google maps or similar. Pull over somewhere safe and check out the maps for a park, or open space. Journeys are much better if the smallest passengers are happy.
Before we leave the house we make a packed-lunch. Something familiar like sausage rolls and fruit, and some fruit flavoured squash for my boys, maybe a flash of tea for me and my blokey. Picnics in the car are great. Personally I’m not keen on eating whilst moving, but Jen and D are fine with it.
Above all, try to stay chilled, even if you are lost, pretend its a game. Stay happy and in control and the journey doesn’t have to be the road to hell. Your holiday should start when you lock the front door, not when you arrive at your hotel or holiday park.
|Boys on board…|