sleeping kids, by Glenn Loos-Austin
I am driving into Malaysia during Chinese New Year next week and am a little nervous, as my husband is away. Thankfully my mother is here from Australia, so she will help me keep my two kids from killing each other. Unfortunately they are at a stage when they annoy each other most of the time, so I am expecting the worst.
The drive through the causeway puts me on edge, especially during this busy time of the year. I am sure to get lost even though I have good directions on paper. It will be the first time I have driven in Malaysia and although I know the roads are good, with two squabbling children in the back it may be a road to nowhere!
So I have decided to get organised and get a few things together to keep the kids occupied during the three hour journey. Here are a few things on my stay sane list to make the journey not just bearable, but fun:
- Activities-The first thing I will do is make sure they both have a new magazine to look at, something that doesn't require too much reading but interests them all the same. An activity book with some word searches is fun. Also wipe-away boards are great to have in the car as they produce no mess (although watch out for markers). also paper and a pencil or crayon to draw a map of our route could also be fun. The Where's Wally books are are hit with the kids at the moment.
- Refreshments- I will make sure they have a juice box each as well as some crackers and snacks that don't need refrigerating. I may even pack them a special goody bag each with some healthy treats (no melting chocolate or sticky sweets) and produce it with an element of surprise.
- Music- they can have their own music on; more Beyonce and Miley Syrus I can handle if it means they are not arguing.
- Games- We can play the license plate game, 'I Spy', or the scavenger hunt game. I give them a list of things they have to look for, like red car, cows, petrol station, billboards, which will hopefully keep them occupied for ever!
- Comfort- I will put in a pillow each so they can get comfy. If they are relaxed enough they may even fall asleep. Ahh, blissful silence!