Mapping Your Move to Oklahoma City--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
If the moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and your new residence in Oklahoma City, the trepidation for the journey is genuine. And it seems like the easiest action to take is to stock up on USB chargers to make certain everybody is always occupied, and you will be free to have a little tranquility and also NPR. That is the easy method, but who said life was meant to be easy? Get some maps, games, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your mobile phone with road songs--this is mostly a generation which has grown up on "Baby Shark" and should be taught "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".
Planning Your Course to Oklahoma City
Get genuine paper maps for your children and teach them the best ways to read the symbols and pick out the rivers, highways, state borders, etc. Have them find enjoyable stuff to do--"tourist attractions"--along the way and let each person pick out one particular tourist trap on the way, or one per day you will be traveling. Should you be traveling with pets, this is the possibility to get them out and moving a little throughout the day.
Kids nowadays. They are so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they have overlooked the joys of car activities. If you can't recollect any, or you despised them as a child and failed to pay attention, try these. All you need is your creativeness for these kinds of traditional favorites. You and your partner can begin each of the activities until there is full buy-in.
· Name Game--name a name. The subsequent person needs to think up a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your own rules concerning nicknames and diminutives, subject to your kids' ages in addition to general propensity for hand to hand hostilities. Proper names, locations, cars--anything goes here.
· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one while you can, since VW is halting assembly on the Beetle. If you see one, you shout the color in addition to punch buggy--"white punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The champ consequently can SOFTLY poke sisters and brothers on the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.
· Grandma Visited London--there are plenty of nicknames for this game, nonetheless fundamentally, you start out with "Grandma visited London and she packed ......" The following person states exactly the same thing and adds another thing, and so forth. It's easier to go alphabetically so you can get beyond the 3rd round.
· I Spy--easy enough, one guideline. The thing you describe will have to be inside the car.
· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Select the feature, and the individual who notices it first gets the points. Should you be going through a non-urban part and see genuine livestock, be sure you count quickly.
Set family-friendly, entertaining to sing music on your gadget, and show the youngsters the fun of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on tunes they have learned, as well--but only one Baby Shark per drive. Or Mommy's visiting London with an empty suitcase.
Extended times in the car are exhausting, and nobody really wants to be continuously entertained. Tune in to audiobooks--choose books you're all familiar with, so if somebody dozes off they don't miss something. Nothing compares to Harry Potter for road trip listening.
Do not be the mean mom and dad and block all of their technology however do make an effort to limit it by providing other activities to do. Too much screen time may make us all a little dialed out and touchy, and this is definitely not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in Oklahoma City will likely be unloading the truck and you will be in the middle of unpacking your new residence. The kids can getaway in their new rooms and not be seen again. Use this time to force a little old-school amusement on them--years from now, these are going to be fond remembrances.
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