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Involve the kids with vacation planning

With Courtney Caligiuri

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013, 10:14 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

If you are getting ready for a road trip with the little ones, you're going to want to make it. So, why not let them get involved with the planning process.

WPRI.com digital journalist and mom blogger, Courtney Caligiuri , joined The Rhode Show to share some parenting tips and tricks.

For a lot of people, the most important part of a vacation is the destination.

"First discuss with your spouse a list of potential destinations. Then allow your children to choose their favorite. It’s also a good idea to ask your kids beforehand to gage an idea as to what they’re thinking. Maybe it’s a beach trip or camping trip. Try to stick with a theme when creating the list. Also, when making the list, make sure each place is kid-friendly," Courtney said.

Once a location is selected and vacation time arrives, parents can encourage kids to stay involved by asking them to help document the trip.

"Probably one of the best ways to involve the kids is to ask them to help document it. Buy a bunch of disposable cameras, (yes they still make them!) and let your kids take lots of pictures of the vacation. Of course, parents can still snap shots and then when you’re home you can all look back and compare photos and relive the memories."

And if families are heading on a long road trip, there are some ways to pass the time.

"There are some great, free tools on the internet that can help you prepare beforehand. We actually have a photo gallery online now with some great boredom busters. Games like road trip bingo and the license plate game are good for toddlers and up."

"Also, it’s a really neat idea for each kid to have their own travel journal. It not only gives them something to do in the car, but they can also write down all of the interesting things they see on the trip, making it a great keepsake."

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