Mapping Your Move to Houston--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
If the moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and the new house in Houston, the dread for the trip is genuine. And it may seem like the easiest course of action is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be constantly entertained, and you are free to have a bit of tranquility and NPR. That's the simple method, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and load up your cell phone with road trip songs--this is a generation that's matured on "Baby Shark" and needs to master "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".
Planning Your Path to Houston
Get real paper atlases for your children and teach them how to look at the symbols and pick out the rivers, streets, state borders, and so forth. Ask them to find entertaining things to do--"points of interest"--along the way and have everyone find one tourist trap on the way, or one every day you are traveling. If you're traveling with household pets, here is the chance to get them outside and going some through the day.
Youngsters nowadays. They're so wrapped up in Snapchat and YouTube they may have overlooked the thrill of car activities. If you're unable to recollect any, or you hated them as a child and did not take notice, have a go at these. You just need your imagination for these classic favorites. You and your spouse get to begin all of the games till there is complete buy-in.
· Name Game--list a name. The subsequent individual must think of a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your very own rules concerning nicknames and diminutives, depending on your children's age range as well as general inclination regarding hand to hand hostilities. Proper names, places, vehicles--anything goes here.
· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one while you can, since Volkswagen is stopping assembly on the Bug. When you see one, you holler the color in addition to punch buggy--"orange punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The victor subsequently gets to SOFTLY poke sisters and brothers in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.
· Grandma Left for London--there are lots of names for this game, nonetheless fundamentally, you start out with "Grandma went to London and she packed ......" The next person states the same thing and adds a second object, and so forth. It is better to go alphabetically to get past the 3rd round.
· I Spy--simple enough, just one tip. The item you spy has to be in the vehicle.
· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Pick the thing, and whoever sees it first receives the points. If you are going through a rural area and see real livestock, be sure you count swiftly.
Set family-friendly, fun to sing music on your device, and show the kids the excitement of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on songs they've learned, also--but only one Baby Shark per trip. Or Mommy's travelling to London with an empty suitcase.
Lengthy times in the vehicle are generally exhausting, and nobody really wants to be constantly entertained. Tune in to audiobooks--pick books you're all familiar with, so if somebody dozes off they don't miss something. Nothing can beat Harry Potter for road trip listening.
Avoid being the mean parents and hinder all of their technology however do try to reduce it by providing other activities to do. Too much screen time will make us all a tad dialed out and grouchy, and this is not the time to encourage the grouchies. Soon enough, the professional movers in Houston will be unloading the truck and you'll be in the middle of unpacking your new residence. The youngsters can getaway to their new spaces and never be seen again. Take this time to push a bit of old-school entertainment on them--years from now, these will likely be happy memories.
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