Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How to make road trips educational

As you travel, you have the opportunity to not only make it fun but also educational. There is so much history and places to learn in the United States. You can plan your trip accordingly and teach them along the way. If you do it right, they may not even realize they are learning.  Here's some great ideas to help learn in the car. 

For young children, you can have them say color names of cars that pass by.  You can also count cars in groups of ten. You can count miles down to your next stop. Think of it ask a countdown of a rocket ship taking off to the moon. Don't forget to shout Blast Off at your destination. You can talk about different animals or places you see. Share with them if you see cows. Talk about the sounds they make. Sing songs, point out colors and say nursery rhymes. For younger kids it's mostly about learning words and numbers. 

Older kids can read out loud, or you can do Madlibs for funny stories using parts of speech. You can do math problems by subtracting how many miles to go. Your child can keep a distance log or a gas log and find out how much you spent. They can read road signs and help you with basic navigation. Bring out the map or the Atlas. Talk about cities, states and state capitals.  Of course there are many educational places you can visit like museums, aquariums and historical sites. Try and visit a museum or zoo if possible. If a historical site is close to your route take some time to stop. Reading about history is different than actually being in the spot where the battle or event takes place. It can bring up emotions and creates a real understanding. It makes a real impression.  They can make travel journals that help with writing and storytelling. A camera will help document the journey too. The camera can just be a disposable one if you want.  Make up stories and rhyming words as a family. See how many words you can make. Let them help with decision making.  Take turns picking where they want to eat when you are ready to stop.  Make a hypothesis how long it will take, how much you will spend on gas. Older kids may catch on but they will be having so much fun it won't matter. 

Traveling can be educational and fun. Help your kids learn while they are in the car. It may even cut down on the "Are we there yet?" questions.

Car sickness prevention tips

Car sickness is no fun. Some lucky people never get car sick, and others get sick almost anytime they travel in the car more than a couple hours. It can be like clockwork, and when you are trying to drive your car and you hear someone throwing up in the backseat, it can be nerve wracking especially if you have a small child.  As a parent, my son has thrown up in many different states. I am so relieved when he doesn’t get sick on a road trip. That is a success for me. I understand his pain as someone who was always car sick as a kid. You can definitely do things to try and prevent car sickness, however sometimes it’s just inevitable. 

Try motion sickness medicine or arm bands they usually can help settle you enough to where the motion doesn’t bother you.If your child has trouble swallowing pills, keep applesauce cups in your car and put it in a spoon of applesauce.

Avoid hilly and curvy roads if possible, anything that makes your stomach jump can promote motion sickness.

Avoid reading or doing anything you have to focus on in the backseat. Try listening to music to get their minds off it. 

Keep crackers and water in your car to snack on when the queasy feeling starts.
Open a window and get some fresh air.

Stop for a bit, and stretch your legs and relax your stomach.
Avoid dairy while riding in the car, milk can sometimes settle the wrong way and cause sickness

If your child still gets sick, here’s what you will need:

Plastic grocery bags make good makeshift buckets. Check for holes first. Keep them close to where they can be grabbed in a hurry. 
Baby wipes are great for cleaning faces afterwards. They also help get rid of stains.
Napkins or paper towel to clean up if they miss the bag.
Hand sanitizer
Cleaning wipes
Mouthwash to rinse their mouth out
You will need to stop shortly after to dispose of the plastic bag and clean up. 

I hope this post helps you to prevent and help your kids if they experience motion sickness. 

Owning your dream car

Remember when you were sixteen years old and you couldn’t wait to get your license? You studied really hard, you worked hard at your part time job after school to save up for a car. You even had a dream car that you wished you could afford, but there wasn’t enough hours in the day to work that hard and go to school to afford it. You never forgot that one dream car you have always wanted even as an adult.  It may have started with a simple toy car that you picked up at the store. That toy car and your imagination grew in to someday owning a car just like this one, but life got in the way, now you have a family and a spouse. It’s never too late to have the car of your dreams.

Maybe you had the dream car and worked hard to get it. Maybe you made many memories in it and long to relive your youth through the dream car. You traded the car in for a sensible family sedan for your growing family. You couldn’t afford to keep both the dream car and get a family car at the same time. You let go of your car making a secret promise to yourself that one day, you will own another car just like this one. As years go on, you never forget that promise, maybe you are more established now and can start searching for that dream car again. It’s never too late to have the car of your dreams.

Everyone’s dream car is going to be different depending on the reasoning behind it, how old they are, if they owned the car before, and if there is a story about it. Luckily with having the option to buy used cars we can achieve that goal. Many dream cars are cars that are no longer made or have completely different models now. Owning a certain brand of car isn’t enough, there is a specific brand, make, model and sometimes even color. Now that you are ready to purchase that dream car you have been waiting for years you can start checking out dealerships and see if they have what you need. Remember that the inventory changes daily. You could even tell the dealer what you are looking for, they can keep an eye out for what you are looking for or even help you locate the car of your dreams. They have resources that others don’t have access to. Dealerships sometimes have deals with other dealerships that can help you purchase that one special car. Remember that it is likely the car is more of a fun purchase so buying used is the way to go.