Too often when we think of traveling with toddlers, we think of trying to get them to nap, where to change their diapers (fingers crossed that they don’t have a stinky in the car), and how to avoid germ-infested gas stations and frustrating pit stops along the way. Our last time traveling for multiple hours, I decided to put my phone away, let my husband drive while listening to his music (which he prefers to me talking nonstop), and sit in the back seat for a few hours because my son is currently in the “see how loud and high-pitched I can scream” phase.
Needless to say, I took the opportunity to pack some fun picture books, his favorite snacks, easy-to-pack musical instruments, and a few toys that we enjoy playing with together. We had a car-seat date, where I focused on him.
There were no distractions of trying to fold the laundry, wash the dishes, or tackle the stack of papers sitting on my desk. It was quality time – a time where I was reminded that children go from being newborns, to trying to become independent, to running out the door with their friends with hardly a goodbye.
Time goes by quickly, so we should take opportunities like traveling, where there’s nowhere to go, they still have energy to expel and focus solely on them.