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2012 Ford Explorer-Ginger Ale

Split up the trip

You know your children. You also know how far you’re going to be traveling. If the road trip will take more than six to eight hours, maybe the smarter decision is to split it up into two days, instead of trying to drive straight through. While this isn’t always possible, due to time constraints and other considerations, doing so now and then on regular long-distance family road trips will help keep the peace and make for a more enjoyable journey.

Where this really makes sense is during vacations. Sure, you’re en route to a certain destination, but there are likely dozens of spots along the way where you could spend the night and get in a little fun or educational side-trip at the same time. Remember that anticipation helps whittle away the hours. If your kids are looking forward to visiting a mid-way spot on your journey, even if it’s just for a few hours, it’s likely time well-spent in the long run.

The next-to-last stop before turning in

Sometimes the best strategy for getting the kids into bed, once you reach your day’s destination, is to dress them in their pajamas on your next-to-last stop. Savvy moms know that overtired, cranky youngsters aren’t easy to get ready for bed after hours on the road. During the last gas stop or meal, getting the small ones comfy in their jammies and prepared for sleep with their favorite pillow and blanket can make a world of difference.

Once you get to your destination, they’re already ready for bed and you can likely just carry them inside and tuck them in without even waking them up.

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