May 28, 2021
Traveling with Our Children
Recently, in preparation for a program, we were planning on "Traveling with Our Children" I asked friends on my Facebook page, "What do you do with your children to keep them engaged as you travel?" I had over 90 responses on the two pages with such great ideas. We did record our recent program on this topic, but I wanted to share some of the wonderful ideas and suggestions that people shared on Facebook that we didn't have time to discuss.
Below are some of the comments friends shared:
- One mom said, "I did a puppet show from the front seat for the children." Another mom said, "I read an entire book to the family as we traveled." She wasn't talking about a short book for young children, but a book that the entire family could enjoy. What a great idea!
- Other suggestions included: audiobooks, a podcast for children, games, songs, license plate car bingo, Twenty Questions, giving each child a backpack filled with books, toys, and snacks; glow sticks, material to make friendship bracelets, I Spy, bubbles to put safely out a window, and a map with a dry erase marker to mark the states that you travel through.
- Prepare a Behavior Box. Prior to the trip, mom or dad purchased lots of small gifts, snacks, and wrapped all of them. They are put into the Behavior Box. Then, if the children behave, every two or so hours, they can pick one gift to open. If you have a child that just can't behave, give them a gift anyway and tell them, "This is a Grace gift!"
- One of our favorite family games when our three children were young and we took long trips was playing "Twenty Questions." We would pick a person, place, or thing. Then everyone asked questions to narrow down who or what it was. We took turns. The children knew I liked to select people from God's Word. So our children learned early to ask the question, "Is the person on earth today or in heaven, or is the person alive or dead?" Fun memories!
- We also discussed the Creation Museum and Noah's Ark. What a great place to take your family and learn more about God's wonderful creation!
- On our recent radio/podcast we discussed games and activities, how to help our family bond as we travel, why parents need to be flexible, and how we can share our faith with our children and family.
If you do not have younger children or grandchildren that you travel with, would you share this email newsletter with someone who does or share the email newsletter with your congregation or school? Thanks.
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Radio Programs, Podcast Topics and Guests
with host, Kay L. Meyer, founder & president of Family Shield Ministries
Faith That Engages the Culture
Guest: Dr. Alfonso Espinosa, author
The Challenge of Suicide
Guest: Rev. Peter Preus, author of And She Was a Christian
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Dealing with Grief
Guest: Dr. Greg DeNeal
Equipped: The Armor of God for Everyday Struggles
Guest: Rev. Christopher Kennedy, author
Traveling with Children
May 25-May 31
Guest: Jamie Clausing
Parents Rising: Eight Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What's Right
Host: Coreen Jander
Guest: Arlene Pellican, author
Guest: Donna Snow
Why Fathers Are Important to Their Children
Guests: Dave Powell and Jackson Powell
Crossing the Chasm: Helping Mormons Discover the Bridge to God
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Phase One: Equips parents and children to feel comfortable praying together and learn more about prayer and prayer walking.
Phase Two: Equips families to share their faith and witness.
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