Father and Son Road Trip Ideas

BY: - 6 Jun '13 | Parenting

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Father and son bonding is an important part of a young man’s development. Having some time to yourselves provides an opportunity to impart advice that you’ve gained through life experiences. Road trips are a great way to facilitate these conversations while enjoying both the journey and destination of the trip together. Here are a few ideas for father and son road trips.

  • Sports games – While you probably have a favorite local sports team that you enjoy watching in their home stadium, consider driving to an away game. Planning a road trip to see an away game not only allows you to support your team, but also you’ll have a new city to explore together.
  • History road trip – If you both enjoy history, plan a road trip around famous events that interest you. Road trip destinations in the West can include frontier mining towns like Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota, while the Eastern United States is home to historic Civil and Revolutionary War battle sites.
  • Camping – Nothing says father/son bonding quite like the great outdoors. Camping provides the peace and quiet that’s so important when spending quality time together, and provides the opportunity for a father to teach his son outdoor skills like how to start a fire and how to pitch a tent. Make the excursion into a road trip by choosing a camping site farther away from home. Look for national forests instead of family campgrounds for a more rustic experience.
  • Classic road trip destinations – Classic road trip destinations include the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the redwood forests of California and Yellowstone Park. Many landmark sites across the country can turn into a trip you’ll remember for years. These are a handful of essential places to visit in the United States, so if there are some you’ve never been to, plan a few road trips to check them off your list.

No matter where you go on your father and son road trip, make sure you properly prepare. Check your automobile insurance policy for the coverage you may need on the trip, including a roadside assistance and collision insurance coverage. It’s also a good idea to get a thorough auto inspection before heading out to catch potential mechanical problems before they delay your road trip.

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10 Activities that will Cure Summer Boredom

BY: - 7 Jun '13 | Parenting

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There is always a huge rush for summer but then less than a week into it the kids start bickering and screaming your name every 10 minutes. Here are ten activities you can do to cure the boredom blues:

  1. Teach them how to play a game you played as a kid. I taught my step daughter how to play “cartoon freeze tag” a game that is just like regular tag except you have to scream out a cartoon character to be “safe” from being frozen. You can even do “Red Light Green Light” or “Duck Duck Goose.” For the older ones you can teach them how to play a more complicated board game.
  2.  Write stories together. You can purchase empty storybooks online or at your local teacher supply store. Write and illustrate age-level appropriate stories together.
  3. Read a book of your child’s choice together. The little ones love story time, but that doesn’t have to end once your child gets literate. Read the latest young adult literature with your child and meet regularly to discuss the characters, the plot and the style.
  4. Send them on a scavenger hunt. When my stepson turned 13, my husband and I sent him on a scavenger hunt around the city of Chicago. It was a sort of rite of passage. We identified key places around the city – all places that we had been before, and he had to reach each place on his own, take a photo on his phone and text it to us and finally get an artifact from the place. There is a diner that we love that serves amazing hot chocolate, so one of his tasks was to have a hot chocolate at the diner. He learned his directions (north vs. south), how to ask for help and how to use public transportation.
  5. Go hiking. Find a local trail and go for a hike. There is something about nature that encourages conversation and reflection.
  6. Study a culture outside of your own. Spin a globe and pick a country. Find out as much as you possible can about that country. Perhaps there is a historical society or a museum in your area that can help. You teach your child research skills while also teaching them how to appreciate diverse cultures.
  7. Write a review of summer TV shows, movies or video games. First, you should have your child read reviews of their favorite movies or video games and then after they view a new movie or play a new video game, have them write and upload or publish their own review. You can use a site like Fandango to upload the review or e-mail it out to your friends & family and ask for their feedback.
  8. Volunteer. Whether it is your local homeless shelter or even a daycare in the neighborhood – have your child volunteer their time at least once.
  9. Teach them how to set goals. Teach them how to set short and long term goals and check in weekly to determine progress made. Create a visual poster of the goals.
  10. Interview an elder family member. Have them create interview questions and then interview an elder in your family. Either record it or have them transcribe the script.

While growing up my granny always said “Boredom is an insult to your imagination…” so we try avoid insulting our imaginations in our household.

BMWK Family: How do you cure summer boredom in your household?

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