Mapping Your Move to Little Rock--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the beauty of the open road. Ambitions of road-tripping cross country, sightseeing, locating a perfect hometown diner--all the inspiring visions of traveling Route 66 vanish in a rush if your reality is shepherding the children and a dog to your new residence. Planning a drive which helps to keep everyone on an even keel is probably not at the top of your to-do list right at this point yet take a short while to pre-plan your travel approach together with your course--it's unquestionably of great benefit.

If the moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and your new house in Little Rock, the trepidation of the trip is genuine. And it seems like the easiest thing to do is to stock up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be constantly occupied, and you're free to have some tranquility and also NPR. That is the simple method, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some road maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your cell phone with road trip songs--this is seen as a generation which has matured on "Baby Shark" and must be taught "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Arranging Your Path to Little Rock

Get authentic paper road maps for the kids and teach them the way to read the icons and find the waterways, roads, state borders, etc. Have them identify fun things to do--"sight-seeing opportunities"--along the path and have everybody find one tourist trap along the way, or one per day you're traveling. Should you be traveling with pets, this can be the chance to get them outside and exercising a little throughout the day.

Car Activities

Kids these days. They're so wrapped up in Snapchat and YouTube they've overlooked the fun of car games. If you're unable to remember any, or you despised them as a youngster and did not take notice, consider these. All you need is your creativeness for these classic favorites. You and your spouse can initiate all the activities until there's full buy-in.

· Name Game--name a name. The next individual needs to come up with a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your very own specifications pertaining to nicknames and diminutives, depending on your children's age groups and all round tendency with regard to hand to hand combat. Proper names, places, cars--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one while you can, given that VW is halting manufacturing on the Beetle. If you see one, you holler the color and punch buggy--"red punch buggy" and then--real fast--"no punch backs". The victorious consequently can LIGHTLY poke siblings in the arm--with no retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are plenty of names for this game, nevertheless essentially, you get started with "Grandma visited London and she packed ......" The next person states exactly the same thing and adds a second object, and so forth. It can be easier to proceed alphabetically to get beyond the third round.

· I Spy--straightforward enough, one rule. The thing you spy must be in the car.

· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Pick the thing, and the individual who spots it first receives the points. If you're going through a rural region and see genuine animals, ensure that you count quickly.

Sing Tunes

Set family-friendly, entertaining to sing music on your device, and show the children the fun of the aforementioned John Jacob. Let them teach you melodies they've learned, as well--but one Baby Shark per trip. Or Mommy's travelling to London with an bare suitcase.

Audiobooks

Long days in the vehicle are tedious, and no one needs to be constantly entertained. Listen to audiobooks--select books you are all acquainted with, so if someone dozes off they don't miss anything. Nothing can beat Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Do not be the mean mom and dad and block all of their technology nevertheless do attempt to reduce it by providing other activities to do. An excessive amount of screen time will make all of us a little dialed out and grouchy, and this is not the time to encourage the grouchies. Quickly enough, the professional movers in Little Rock will be unloading the truck and you will be in the middle of unpacking your new residence. The kids can escape to their new rooms and never be seen again. Take this time to force some old-school activities on them--years from now, these will be fond remembrances.

 

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