You probably have memories of road-trips as a kid, long hours spent staring out of the window or annoying your siblings. Later in life, these turn into some of our most treasured memories, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to pass such a gift onto your own children. If you’re a single mom and worried at the idea of taking your kids on a road-trip, here are three essential steps to making your road trip as enjoyable as possible.
Know Your Car And How To Look After It
The first and most important aspect of any road trip is safety and the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to know your car and how to look after it. You don’t need to be a mechanic to know how to upkeep your car and sense when something has gone wrong. Researching how to check for bad wheel bearing or how to change out your tires can prevent serious breakdowns later down the line, which is not something anyone wants on their road trip, least of all with little ones in the back.
Plan, plan, and plan again. Planning a road trip takes skill and a little bit of time, but with some research, it’ll save you a lot of stress in the long-run! Look up popular road trip routes, especially those that work well with kids (e.g. they have a lot of fun rest stops along the way) and plan your route around those if you can. If you have a particular destination in mind, remember that the quickest route is not always the best one. Highways can get tedious, especially for kids, so picking a slightly longer route with more scenery and fun pit-stops can really amp up the game and make the road trip a lot more enjoyable.
Learn To Relax
All that planning is likely to get you a little stressed out at some point, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Taking kids on a road-trip is no easy affair, but it’s important to try your best to relax and remain calm. After all, this is as much an adventure for you as it is for them! Your kids will emulate your mood, so if you’re stressed out and grumpy, the likelihood is they will be too. Investing a few minutes of your day to meditate can really help calm any nerves, and increase your patience (which let’s face it, is necessary when you’re alone in a car for hours with children).
Keep Things Interesting With In-Car Games And Snacks
Many parents, especially those of us going solo, resort to screen-based entertainment to keep the kids quiet and content during the road-trip, but research has shown that this probably isn’t the best option for a number of reasons. Making up games along the way is often half the fun of a road-trip, and can keep the kids entertained for literally hours at a time. Audiobooks are another great option to keep the kids satisfied, as well as (of course) plenty of snacks.
For many single moms, taking a road-trip with the kids seems like a completely overwhelming idea, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Hopefully, this article inspired you to pack the kids into the back and head off into the wild.