Prepare the Kids
Running in and out of stores all day is not any kid’s idea of a good time. But by scheduling just a few errands at a time and talking to your kids ahead of time, you can help them prepare for the trip – and avoid meltdowns. Let them choose some fun stops to make along the way, too, whether that means a quick detour to the park, visiting grandpa for lunch, or a drive by your favorite pet store to see the kittens in the windows. You may be surprised at your child’s idea of fun – and you may even get to know them a little bit better.