If you’ve ever had the pleasure of going on a road trip with kids, then you probably understand the true meaning of the word torture. Children are adorable little in angels. That is, until you strap them into a car seat and expect them to behave for long stretches of time. Not gonna’ happen. Children can’t help but cause a ruckus if anything makes them feel confined. Good Housekeeping Writer Kelsey Manning suggests that “rowdy behavior is often a sign of boredom. A child’s attention span is generally equal to their age plus five minutes, meaning even an average 5th grader can only remain focused for about 15 minutes at a time… If kids are restless, staying ahead of the behavior is the best prevention.” Here are a few tips on how to deal with hyper kids when hitting the road:
A. Plan Ahead for Your Trips:
Don’t just hop into the car and expect everything to fall into place just because you have good intentions. Even though you probably have a list of goals to accomplish, remember that you also have to be mindful of your kids. Pay attention to their moods and prepare to deal with any tantrums. Carry toys and snacks with you to keep them busy at all times.
B. Stay Calm:
When children act out in the car, frustration can push you into overreacting to the situation. Regardless of what happens, remain calm and composed. Responding aggressively to tantrums only escalates verbal arguments. Instead of trying to overpower your kids in screaming matches, talk calmly with them to bring their mood down.
C. Don’t Be a Drill Sergeant:
Any time you go on a journey with kids, keep in mind that they get fatigued much more quickly than adults do. For that matter, when they get tired or bored, they’re likely to get restless. Don’t plan to go on long drives if you know your kids won’t be as patient as you are. Keep your trips with them short and sweet.
The bad news is that there’s no escaping it. No matter who you are, if you have kids to raise, you’ll also have to go through the frustration of keeping them well-behaved in a car. The good news though is that tantrums can be tamed and contained. All you need is a willingness to prepare and prevent. With a few clever tricks, it’s possible to reign in a children’s rowdy behavior. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!