6 Tips for Traveling with Kids

It’s time to schedule a break.  You’ve booked your hotel, your cruise, your campground, or your AirBnB.  You’ve booked your planes, trains, or get the car maintenance completed in time to get away for a while.

I’ve spent nearly my entire childhood and adulthood traveling (for pleasure and for “work”), so I can share some tips honestly.  Take it from me: you will enjoy your trip even more if you “book” your travel there and back as well!  That is, ensure you have books and activities to entertain or challenge your kids along the way.
kids in car arriving at summer vacation
Having a plan for your children’s travel experience can give you an extra source of peace so that you can fully enjoy every moment en route – not just the destination.

  1. Stock up on age-appropriate travel pads and games.  This can be through a combo of your local library and special sites brimming with kids’ books (see kids’ travel books here).
  2. Make sure you “drip” them to your kids.  Don’t give them all at once; make sure you can swap out activities as you go.  This keeps things fresh for them, too!
  3. Give them an empty backpack at the beginning.  Let them know that once they are “done” with a particular activity, they can put it in there.  It will be fun for them to see that progress!

     

  4. Pack at least one book on CD or download one from Audible.  This will ensure you all “read” at least one story together, making the trip even more memorable (I recommend “Paddington Bear” for ALL ages!).
  5. Pack some extra special activities for restaurants, or encourage the use of restaurant coloring pages.  These are times for your kids to connect with you and with their siblings – make sure you REAP that time with them!

Click on this video to peek inside some new travel books.
They can be purchased here.  For my final tip #6, scroll below video.travel books for kids

The books reviewed above can be purchased here.

6. Use printables to keep track of their activities if they are motivated by charts!
Here’s a special travel one my daughter and I made just for you! Simply click here for the PDF printable: Reading is Traveling
Reading is Traveling

And finally, way to go, Parent!  You are one step further along to truly enjoy every piece of your well-deserved vacation!

Books reviewed can be purchased here.


“Here and There” – Multicultural Awareness

I have just discovered the most amazing book for multicultural and world awareness.

I lived in West Virginia for a while as a kid, and for me, it took moving to another country to experience another culture.  And for many in those days, you had to grow up in different countries or big cities to truly experience cultures different from your own.

But now, the children’s book “Here and There” brings to your home the comparing and contrasting of the multicultural lifestyle.  At a much cheaper price, I might add, than a plane ticket.

This book will make an amazing gift for any elementary school kiddo, as well!
You can grab your copies here: https://b4108.myubam.com/p/6829/here-and-there
here and there

Haven’t YOU always wondered, how do people in other countries shop for groceries, go to school or work, or go on vacation?

If you are taking an international trip, use this book to increase your childrens’ awareness while you explore there!

Amazing, right!?
Grab your copies here: https://b4108.myubam.com/p/6829/here-and-there

Published by Kane Miller and illustrated by Greg Paprocki.




New Writing Tools & Anxiety-Processing Activities

In this video, I introduce our NEW titles to help with the writing process (linked for purchase here).
I also include two new titles that should help youngsters process anxiety and new situations.  Sure wish these had been available when I was a child!  I expect great uses to come from these: children who move a lot (either with family or in search of forever families), for example.
Link to purchase “No Worries” is here.  Link to purchase “Hello Happy” is here.
If this excites you as a future writer, please share!