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The holidays are such a magical time of year! Most people enjoy spending time with families, hearing the Christmas music playing in the stores and the general happiness and positive energy people are tossing around like confetti. For some parents the holidays can be a bit more of a challenge and not because of our grinch attitudes or dislike of the season. The holidays are different for some parents because the holidays are different for our kids. As a mother of three beautiful kids, a girl and two boys (both boys have disabilities) I know how unusual it can be to help your kids enjoy the season as much as others. Our oldest boy has ADHD and struggles to complete tasks or enjoy quiet, calm activities like others his age. Our youngest has Asperger’s which makes it a struggle for him to enjoy the wide range of emotions so many kids express this time of year. The holidays are not always easy for them simply because they experience things differently and don’t enjoy the same activities. Th

Want to Take a Family Road Trip? Here Are Some Essential Tips to Keep it Fun


Taking a road trip with your family can be one of the most exciting ways to create lasting and meaningful memories for you and your loved ones to look back on in years to come. If you have been considering the possibility of packing everyone into the car or motorhome and seeing the country's sights, you might be feeling daunted by the challenge of making sure everyone is safe and happy throughout the trip. Here are some tips that will help to make everything go smoothly.


Pack Properly


Before you leave for your family road trip, you will need to be prepared. This means packing your chosen vehicle with the essentials. Consider bringing plenty of cushions and blankets for comfort and warmth, lots of water for hydration, and spare clothing. If you have young children coming with you, remember to bring their specific items such as diapers and feeding equipment if necessary. When you pack ahead of time and don't leave it all until the last minute before heading out, you can rest assured that you'll be prepared for almost any eventuality along the road.


Prepare Snacks


While taking a road trip with your loved ones is all about having family fun, sitting in a car or motorhome for hours at a time can be tough, especially for younger family members. Having plenty of snacks available to keep everyone well-fed and satisfied throughout the journey can be a surprisingly effective way to avoid tantrums. Make sure to pack snacks that won't go bad in the car or bring a cooler to keep everything at a good temperature.


Stay Safe


Whenever you travel, safety should be your first and biggest concern. Not only does this mean planning so you know where is safe to rest up, but you must also make sure every passenger is safe during the journey. Travel in style, comfort and peace of mind with an award-winning Cybex car seat for younger family members. Knowing that you have taken all the responsible precautions will allow you to relax and enjoy the road trip more.


Take Breaks


Road trips are just as much about the breaks along the way as they are about the journey itself. Apart from landmarks that you plan to enjoy, make sure to regularly pull over somewhere safe and let everyone stretch their legs, go to the bathroom,m and get some fresh air. If you are sharing the responsibility of driving, this can be a good time to swap over.


Bring Entertainment


When driving becomes less of an adventure and more of a chore, particularly on the way home from your road trip, it's important to remember to bring entertainment. This could be toys, games, videos, audiobooks - whatever helps to take your family's mind off the potential boredom of being in the vehicle. Of course, it's important to remember that the pleasure of a family road trip comes from spending quality time together and making special memories.


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