Mapping Your Move to El Paso--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
If your moving company has packed and loaded all your things, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and your new home in El Paso, the trepidation regarding the trip is authentic. And it appears like the most convenient action to take is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everybody is always occupied, and you are able to have a bit of tranquility as well as NPR. That's the easy method, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Find some good maps, games, coloring pages, crayons, and load up your mobile phone with road songs--this is a generation that has evolved on "Baby Shark" and must learn "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".
Planning Your Course to El Paso
Get genuine paper atlases for the children and teach them the best ways to check out the symbols and pick out the rivers, highways, state borders, and so on. Have them locate fun things to do--"points of interest"--along the road and have everybody pick out one particular tourist trap on the way, or one per day you will be traveling. In case you are traveling with pets, here is the chance to get them out and moving some through the day.
Young ones today. They're just so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they may have overlooked the thrill of car activities. If you cannot recall any, or if you hated them as a youngster and failed to take notice, consider these. You simply need your imagination for these traditional favorites. You and your partner get to begin all the activities until there is total buy-in.
· Name Game--list a name. The following individual needs to come up with a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can make your individual rules pertaining to nicknames and diminutives, subject to your kids' age groups as well as overall inclination for hand to hand struggles. Proper names, locations, cars--everything goes here.
· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one while you can, given that VW is ending manufacturing on the Bug. If you see one, you holler the color and punch buggy--"orange punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The winner consequently can LIGHTLY poke siblings in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.
· Grandma Left for London--there are plenty of nicknames for this activity, but in essence, you start with "Grandma went to London and she packed ......" The next person says the same thing and adds a second item, and so forth. It's simpler to proceed alphabetically to get beyond the 3rd round.
· I Spy--straightforward enough, just one rule. The thing you spy needs to be in the car.
· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Pick the item, and the individual who sees it first receives the points. If you are heading through a non-urban area and see actual animals, ensure that you count rapidly.
Set family-friendly, fun to sing songs on your gadget, and teach the kids the fun of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to instruct you on melodies they've learned, too--but only one Baby Shark per trip. Or Mommy's travelling to London with an empty suitcase.
Prolonged times in the car are generally tedious, and none of us really wants to be endlessly entertained. Tune in to audiobooks--pick books you're all acquainted with, thus if somebody dozes off they don't miss anything. Nothing compares to Harry Potter for road trip listening.
Avoid being the mean mother and father and prohibit all of their technology nevertheless do attempt to reduce it by providing other things to do. Too much screen time will make us all a bit dialed out and grouchy, and this is definitely not the time to encourage the grouchies. Quickly enough, the professional movers in El Paso will likely be unloading the truck and you'll be in the course of unpacking your new home. The kids can retreat to their new bedrooms and not be seen again. Use this time to force a little old-school activities on them--years from now, these shall be happy memories.
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