Driving: What To Do When Your Kids Won’t Sit Still
Whether you’re a new parent or you already have more than one little one, it is certain that at some point in time you will drive with your kids in the car and face distractions. Kids can be unpredictable, have random bursts of energy, or even need a break from sitting in the car. All of these can distract your attention from the road and put you in a less than ideal situation. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize distractions.
Have back-up: If possible, try to ride in the car with another adult. This is the best way to ensure someone can look after young children while you drive. Whether a fight breaks out or the kids are being loud, having back up can help. Rather than worrying about multiple things at once, you will be able to focus on the road and the drivers around you.
Music: There are multiple ways to keep the kids entertained with music or sound. Encourage your kids to pick out a few of their favorite artists and create a playlist they can sing along to, this way they will be entertained and you can drive in a calm manner. You can also use the time for educational entertainment by keeping them engaged during a drive with audiobooks featuring stories or lessons that they can enjoy and learn from.
Technology: A fun way to keep kids engaged is by letting them watch their favorite movies, cartoons, or TV shows. Having a tablet or screen in the car can keep them not only entertained but also quiet. Educational videos are also a great way to keep their mind busy while learning something new during the ride.
Activities: There are many ways to keep kids entertained without the use of technology. Creating fun games for them such as counting the number of red cars they see, going down the alphabet by pointing out random objects on the road, or even giving them goodie bags with snacks are all great ways to keep them distracted so they don’t distract you.
Breaks: When it’s time for a longer drive, keep in mind that kids need to take breaks in order to tire out and remain as calm as possible during the ride. Stop a few times and encourage everyone to use the bathroom and run around to burn some energy. If things go well, this could lead to naps and a calm and quiet drive to your destination.
Follow proper safety guidelines: Sometimes, it’s inevitable to keep your kids completely still. Following proper safety guidelines such as buckling up their seatbelts and using the proper car seat for toddlers can minimize movement and distraction in the backseat. Less distraction in the backseat means more focus and awareness on the road in front of you, and more safety for everyone.
At the end of the day, it is important to minimize distractions and be able to stay alert and focused on the road. By keeping your kids calm and entertained you will be able to focus on your driving and ultimately keep you and your family as safe as possible at all times.