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Friday, September 2, 2011

Are we there yet???

We recently evacuated due to Hurricane Irene and took a road trip with our three kids, a 4 year old, 2.5 year old, and 7 month old. They'd ridden 3 hours before, but nothing like this trip. Twelve hours there, 9.5 on the way home.

So you can imagine how many times my 4 year asked, "Are we there yet? Are we almost there?"

Someone recommended I try this little trick for the way home...oh, I could kiss whoever came up with this idea.

We set up a timeline in the car. We tied a ribbon (you could use string) across the ceiling of the car to the handles at the doors, making a straight line. We drove 450ish miles, so I divided the string,making a mark for every 25 miles. I used a hair clip (hey, it was last minute!) to mark the halfway point. Every time we drove 25 miles, I moved the clip. It was a great visual representation of how far we'd driven and how much was left. There was a huge cheer when we got halfway. :)

So, on your next trip, try this and see if the "Are we there yet"s are fewer and less often?



Leigh Anne said...

Genius! We are headed on a road trip soon so I'm gonna try this!

Petrina said...


Angie said...

If you want something a little more involved (with more prep required) but still along the same lines, a friend of mine did this on their trip. Same string around the car but a clip (close pin/hair clip/paper clip) for each 50 miles driven. When the milestone is reached then the clip comes off and tiny treats come out - piece of candy/snack, new $ toy, DVD to watch, CD to sing to... Apparently makes big trips go by fast. Happy Travels!


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