It’s getting to be about that time: are you getting anxious about back to school and the kids’ carpool starting up again? It’s a great idea—it’s better for the planet, and it gives each parent a couple mornings to themselves—but driving around with three, four, or more little ones can be a formidable challenge, even if you don’t have to do it all the time. Kids can be cranky in the mornings and antsy on the way home, but there are some strategies you can put in place to make these experiences more pleasant for everyone involved.
Keep Them Engaged
There are plenty of on-the-fly ways to keep kids occupied (how about an ongoing rock, paper, scissors tournament that gets picked up whenever you’re driving?), but it certainly couldn’t hurt to invest in a board game or two before your little ones go back to school. In Wordsearch!, the challenge is to find the most words in the allotted time. Keep a small kitchen timer in the box and have them set it for three minutes. Everybody takes a turn and then passes it along. The game includes 10 two-sided game cards (each with a different puzzle), so the kids’ carpool can keep playing until they arrive at their destination.
Keep Them Sated
Kids are constantly burning calories, which means they need to stay nourished throughout the day—unfortunately, they also tend to be fussy and particular. That’s why it’s a good idea to arm yourself with a wide variety of food options, especially with some extra littles in tow. Fresh Direct has all kinds of organic and all-natural snacks for kids, and they can be delivered to your door. You can add even more fun to the kids’ carpool by having first pick of snack be the prize for winning a game.
Keep Them Centered
Children are seldom the semblance of calm, and that’s nature’s way, but why not use this time to teach them the art of Zen? The ABCs of Yoga for Kids uses illustrations and fun names to help kids understand simple poses. Have them challenge themselves to see how many they can do while seated and buckled. They might not achieve Nirvana, but they’re bound to have some giggles.
The kids heading back to school and carpooling shouldn’t cause unnecessary stress in your life. With a few solid ways to keep them satisfied and occupied, you’ll set them (and yourself) up for a smoother day ahead.