Some of you readers are thinking to yourselves, “Why wouldn’t you want your kid to sleep in the car?” Well, reader, if you are thinking that, you either have no children or you have the type of children who can have short naps and still go to bed on time. If this is you, you probably would want a post about how to encourage your children to fall asleep in the car, you lucky rat. But I am not qualified to write that post. You see, all of my children have been the type that are RUINED by a short nap in the car. My second child was the worst for this. Falling asleep in the car for 10 minutes would result in her being up two hours past her bedtime. To make matters worse, when she was little we lived at least half an hour away from most of our friends and family, and our workplaces and church, so we spent a lot of time in the car. During that time, and since, I have learned a few things about keeping your kids awake while you drive, and now I will impart that wisdom to you, whether you need it or not (and if not, you don’t know how lucky you are).
1. Give them candy. Suckers or lollipops are the best because they take quite a long time to eat.
2. Open the windows. This is kind of awful in the winter, obviously, but it’s worth it!
3. Play games. When my kids were little, I’d ask them questions when they started to get sleepy. Endless boring questions. I ask for animal noises, get them to point to body parts, or I’d sing familiar songs, but I’d stop in the middle of a sentence and wait for them to finish it. When they got older, I’d make them play I Spy, or “Guess what animal I’m thinking of” or “What song am I humming?”
4. Reach back while you’re driving and hit them on the legs. I do not officially endorse this unsafe maneuver.
5. Shout at them. Loudly, and at random intervals. This one may feel a little like desperation … and it is. It really is.
You really should check out the bloggers below! Happy FiveOnFriday!