Family 411: Road trips with young children
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - It's the time of year for vacations and you can take your children on marathon road trips but you might want to begin with baby steps.
Road trips are the norm for Sebastian, Charlotte and Eleanor Bosacki, each traveling since birth. "I would say I wasn't afraid to start once you actually do it you realize tantrums happen meltdowns happen."
Their mom, Helen, is behind "Diaper Bag Diaries" .
Travel was the original idea for Helen's family-focused blog. "I think as parents you think you can't go anywhere once you have children."
Helen recommends anxious parents begin with short road trips, "starting in small increments and working up. We've done 2- 4 hours is no big deal for us at all."
Fill a backpack with supplies to hold their attention, "they have books to choose from all sorts of different coloring and art they can do in the car."
She's cut short a trip when her little ones got too tired. Helen says timing is everything to alleviate tantrums. "You have to go into the plan knowing that you might have to leave early."
A backup plan can make all the difference. "If the first place you tried didn't work out well maybe we should find a nearby playground or park because all kids love that, no matter what."
Helen says a marathon road trip is in the works for the trio. Sebastian will also soon join mom and dad on a flight. "We're comfortable in that setting so we just have to one by one get each of them comfortable in that setting."
International travel is the goal because Helen says it's important her children see the world. "I think the kids will take that with them as they get older and then when they're older they're going to go on these adventures by themselves."
Bosacki says she tells others parents that it's better to start early than wait until you think it's the right age. It's a way get your child comfortable with all aspects of travel.