Travelling With Children
Driving kids to school, practices and lessons tests the strongest will power at even the best of times. Everyone loves "Top 10" lists, right. Well, here's a list that may just help keep you safe (and sane) the next time you travel with children.
- Never be late – Kids depend on punctuality to build trust.
- Know where you're going – You'd think this would be self-explanatory, but you'd be surprised how difficult it is to manage a carload of children while you're asking for directions!
- Make sure everyone's wearing a safety belt or is securely in their car seat – This is not only critical for safety, it's the law in many states.
- Stay calm – Take a deep breath before you react to any situation in the car. Keeping your cool will also help reduce your agitation with other drivers and help you make better driving decisions.
- Keep voices and music at a reasonable level – By reducing the volume, you reduce driver distraction (and, in the process, keep the kids safer from harm).
- Be aware of each child's allergies, if any – If you're a member of a regular carpool, ask parents to list allergies, adverse food reactions and any other medical conditions you need to be aware of as a driver.
- Hand out easy-to-clean-up snacks – Have you ever cleaned peanut butter from car upholstery? ‘Nuff said.
- Learn songs or stories to sing/tell along the way – Not only will this keep the kids from getting too fidgety, but it's also good, clean fun!
- Keep a box of tissues handy – Kids and runny noses are as inseparable as Batman & Robin and a pack of tissues can really come in handy.
- Always have the other parents' contact numbers on hand – See #6. You never know when you're going to need this information until you do, so take an ounce of prevention and get it ahead of time.