When traveling with children, plan out extra stops for rest and play breaks, incorporate play into each travel activity, and be prepared with snacks and drinks for inopportune times. Plan ahead before traveling with young children with advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on parenting.
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler, I'm the vice president of academic affairs at the Argosy University Salt Lake City campus. I'm also a clinical psychologist and today's topic is traveling with children. I have done a good deal of traveling around the world and my daughter and I often travel together when she was small. We needed to make sure that we had a good plan, we took lots of times for breaks, that includes food, rest and let her play and made sure that we brought the right items for the trip. When she was young I made sure that she had lots of opportunity to go run and play separately from the designated activity. It's wonderful that you go and visit the art museum together but you need to make sure they can go run around on the grass afterwards as well. Make sure you bring the right items for your kids. They're going to need to have snacks, even at inopportune times when you can't find a single food vendor in sight. Make sure they have food, drink, somewhere to sit down, relax and rest, even when you think it's just a fun filled day planned. Most importantly make sure you have a flexible agenda. It might seem like a great plan to go all day and all night to maximize that time, you'll have a much more enjoyable vacation if you take some time, just be flexible, go with the flow, explore their interest as much as yours and you'll have a great time traveling together. If you'd like more information on this topic or any others that we can help you with on parenting, please contact us at argosy.edu.