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

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the lure of the open road. Visions of road-tripping across the country, taking in the sights, finding a fantastic neighborhood diner--all the inspiring images of traveling Route 66 vanish in a rush if your truth is shepherding the children along with a dog to your new home. Organizing a drive which helps keep everybody on an even keel may not be near the top of your to-do list right at this moment but take a short while to map out your travel methodology together with your course--it is absolutely worthwhile.

If the moving company has packed and loaded all your belongings, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and your new home in Little Rock, the apprehension regarding the trip is authentic. And it seems like the easiest thing to do is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be always entertained, and you're free to have a bit of tranquility and NPR. That's the easy way, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your phone with road songs--this is a generation which has grown up on "Baby Shark" and needs to master "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Planning Your Route to Little Rock

Get authentic paper maps for the kids and teach them the best ways to read the symbols and pick out the waterways, roads, state borders, etc. Ask them to identify fun stuff to do--"sight-seeing opportunities"--along the road and let each person pick out one tourist trap along the route, or one each day you are traveling. If you are traveling with family pets, this is the opportunity to get them outside and going some during the day.

Car Activities

Kids nowadays. They're just so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they may have missed the fun of car activities. If you can't recall any, or you detested them as a child and did not take notice, try these. You just need your creativity for these kinds of classic favorites. You and your partner get to initiate all the activities until there's complete buy-in.

· Name Game--list a name. The next person needs to come up with a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your individual specifications regarding nicknames and diminutives, subject to your kids' age groups and general propensity for hand to hand fighting. Proper names, locations, vehicles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--play this one while you can, since Volkswagen is halting assembly on the Bug. If you notice one, you yell the color in addition to punch buggy--"red punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The victorious consequently can GENTLY poke sisters and brothers on the arm--with no retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Went to London--there are numerous names for this game, nonetheless fundamentally, you get started with "Grandma left for London and she packed ......" The following person affirms the same thing and adds an additional item, and so forth. It's better to go alphabetically to get beyond the third round.

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

· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Select the feature, and whoever sees it first receives the points. If you're going through a farm region and see real livestock, be sure you count fast.

Sing Tunes

Set family-friendly, fun to sing music on your gadget, and provide the youngsters the pleasure of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on melodies they have learned, also--but one Baby Shark per trip. Or Mommy's visiting London with an empty suitcase.

Audiobooks

Lengthy days in the car are generally monotonous, and no one needs to be continuously entertained. Tune in to audiobooks--select books you are all familiar with, so if somebody dozes off they don't miss anything. Nothing can beat Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean mother and father and hinder all their technology however do attempt to reduce it by offering other things to do. An excessive amount of screen time may make us all a tad dialed out and grouchy, and this is never the time to encourage the grouchies. Quickly enough, the professional movers in Little Rock are going to be unloading the truck and you'll be in the middle of unpacking your new residence. The children can retreat in their new spaces and never be seen again. Use this time to force a bit of old-school activities on them--years from now, these will likely be happy memories.

 

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