Vacations are soon wrapping up and school will be starting. If you're getting frantic about how to keep your children on track this vacation, here are a few more last minute ideas.
KEEPING KIDS INTERESTED IN ROUTE
The TravelHacker over at airlinecreditcards.com has posted 27 ideas to keep your kids entertained while in the air. Listed below are a few ideas.
- 20 Questions Junior electronic game for kids 8 and up great for plane trips. Or do it the old fashioned way and play is as a family in the car.
- What young child doesn't like Candyland? Here's a travel version of the popular game.
- And an ingenious idea, Finger Puppets. Using their imagination is a bonus.
parenting .com has several real-world tips by moms making travel work with their kids.
- Create funny new lyrics to the kid's familiar tunes
- Younger kids may like a "guess it" game by closing their eyes and guessing what an object is by feel.
- For next year, slowly gather simple toys and games and keep them in a special tote so it's ready to go when you head out on a trip.
- My favorite, always answer "yes" to the question, "are we there yet?"
EDUCATING KIDS ON THE FLY
The site sheknowsparenting.com has great ideas to slide a little review in before school starts while on vacation.
- Take advantage of visiting new or unfamiliar places and strengthen their vocabulary. Use synonyms--have them think up similar words or go big and have a spelling contest.
- The time-honored tradition of looking for license plates should not be overlooked. Look for license plates, and try to spot one from every state. They suggest adding a twist by searching for the state slogan as well. Then you can talk about what it means. Nice touch.
- The best idea is to make the oft-time chore of taking pictures on vacation into a learning experience by including the kids and teaching them about the camera. They push out this idea one more step by suggesting you create a contest and have the kids select scenery or other things they want photographed, then the child with the best idea can write a caption describing the photo--add it to your family album.
DISCIPLINING KIDS OFF THE CLOCK
The onlineparentingcoach.com tackles the tough task of disciplining while on vacation. Grounded in reality, they offer compassionate tips that are firm but fair.
They suggest a checklist of questions to review before you act.
- Can you follow through on the consequences your given your child?
- Will your child learn from it?
- Can you get clear on what possible consequences you have available when you get to your vacation spot?
- Are you in control of your physical and emotional reactions before you punish?
Go to these and other sites, check out their tips, click on the links, and in no time you'll have an arsenal to battle boredom, whinning, and naughtiness; and come back having enjoyed your vacation.
What has worked the best to keeping your kids on track during vacation? What didn't work out?