Any parent would know that one of the greatest virtues a mother or a father must have is patience. I would go as far as to say that a single parent might just need twice as much patience, don’t you agree? When going on a trip with your kids, your patience is likely to be tested to the limits.
I would say that the top three questions/statements that gets the best out of parents on the road would be:
-When do we get there?/Are we there yet?
-Can I have some money?
-I’m tired./I’m bored./I’m hungry.
So how do you respond, especially when you are going about your parenting tasks alone? Here are some practical ways to deal with these questions.
When do we get there?/Are we there yet?
Imagine your angel like kids turning into something different in your eyes when they have asked this question a thousand times with a tone that gets whinier each time…you’re seeing red, aren’t you?
The best trick for me is to talk to your children before the trip. Children may be young but they are not stupid. Talk to them like adults and let them know about your plan, the details of the trip, how long you are going to be on the road, and the like. In this way, you can prepare them for the trip ahead.
That does not mean that you should not make concessions during the trip, though. Lug along puzzles, toys, and electronic gadgets that the kids can play with while on the road. Play little games that involve everyone. Of course, stop from time to time for a bite or even just to stretch your legs.
(to be continued)
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