Commuting with Kids

While we love our new home, it's a much longer commute than we had before. It's about 50 minutes to get to most of our activities. We've been getting used to the drive and I've started learning how to make our long drives more bearable with 3 young kids!

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-Carseat arranging. 

Felix hates being in the car. He often screams for a good portion of our drive. It's exhausting and frustrating for all of us. I've found that having him in the middle of the kids helps, even though it's more annoying to get him buckled. Lulu can help him find his pacifier back and Abram often holds his hand or strokes his cheek. It's not a complete solution, but it helps!

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-Podcasts

I love listening to podcasts and my kids love audiobooks! I got a little tired of listening to Frog and Toad a million times, so I spent some time one weekend finding some new podcasts to try out and the kids love listening to something new each time we drive! It helps the drive feel much faster! They're favorite is Story Nory

-Make it cozy

I try to avoid taking toys/games/books in the car because they never, ever come out. But I do let the kids take their blankies (we call them beep beeps) and that helps them get cozy and comfortable. We recently got a carseat coat for Abram, and he loves being able to be warm and cozy in his seat, and I like knowing he's still safe! 

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-Combine trips

I know it's kind of cheating, but the best way to make the drive manageable is to just not do it....Lulu has school twice a week and I try to get all of my errands done while she's in school. I could hardly make it home and back during the short time she's in class anyway, so instead the boys and I get groceries, and do everything else we can in that time. 

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-Snacks

I can't be the only one who gets hangry, right? Even if my kids can do the drive without a snack, I can't! I often buy an extra box of granola bars or crackers at the store just to keep in the car. Gum helps me stay awake and alert too, if I've been up thirty hundred times the night before. 

-Enjoy it

I know it's not always possible, but I do try to take advantage of our long drives. We live in a beautiful area and I try to notice the scenery around me. Most of our drive is rural, I often only pass a few cars and the solitude is enjoyable. I pray, sing or mentally plan out my week while driving. It's also a great time to connect with my kids if we've had a rushed morning or rough few days! 

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Thanks to DriveShop USA and Mitsubishi for letting us test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander for a week - We loved it! #mitsubishi #outlander