There’s nothing quite so universal as the holiday road trip, especially during Thanksgiving. On that fourth Thursday in November, countless families will be driving through snow, sleet, rain, and sun (lucky) to join their loved ones for the iconic American feast.
As any parent knows, road trips were easier when you were a kid. The worst thing you had to worry about was getting the middle seat in the back and having your feet on the hump the whole way there. Now that you’re a parent, you need to get everyone to Grandma’s house while preserving their appetite and your sanity.
If you have a short trip ahead of you, a few simple car trip distractions might get you all the way there. Think of all the car games you played as a kid. Now, there are improved versions - like Travel Bingo to keep your kids entertained much longer than a pen and pencil.
If you have a very long trip with small children, try to keep your traveling in sync with their normal schedule. Try to leave 30 minutes before their normal naptime, then offer them their blanket or bear just as you would at home. This can help encourage them to sleep in the car without damaging your hearing too much.
To keep your older kids from complaining or moping, you can up the car game ante with the Road Trip edition of Table Topics. Talking to each other is what Thanksgiving is all about, after all, so these fun questions also make a great activity for your extended family get-together.
So whether over the river, through the woods, or wherever your travels take you, a little planning can make your Thanksgiving one your kids will remember.