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Josep Camós

While you send us your questions about traveling by car with children and babies, we will address one of those issues that are often overlooked when we make long trips with our children. We talk about the responsibilities that each one has inside the car, because of that matter they will depend in good measure so much that our trip in car is as pleasant as possible until in the future our children are able to approach their own displacements on board. a private vehicle without major problems.

And that is achieved by distributing responsibilities . From a certain age, from 4 or 5 years, a child already understands that in a car there are certain rules to meet, for our safety and for pure coexistence, so if we foresee that we will travel by car during a few hours, it is a matter of involving the child in this information and making him responsible to a certain extent for everything to flow in the right direction, that a hard day is waiting for us and we all have to lend a hand to arrive at a good port. Who wants something, it costs something.

Anticipating with us

It is positive for a trip in the company of children that they are with us from the moment of planning the trip, listening to what we plan to do and collaborating with their opinions, which will surely be.

Obviously, our trip planning is, that's ours. But nothing prevents our son is there to give his point of view and, above all, to be aware of what it costs to plan a trip . It is not a matter of getting dizzy with hotel offers, of course, but you should know that when we plan a trip we are anticipating what will happen, we are looking for places to stop to rest, to go to the bathroom, to buy water.

It is essential that our son understands that, for example, toilets do not grow on trees and that no matter how much he is thirsty, water will have to be bought in an establishment. In this way, if during the trip you decide to ask for impossible we can try to reason with him about where we will stop with the car and why. Yes, I have said "try", since we already know that one of the virtues of a good planner is knowing how to improvise when plan A fails.

Security is everyone's business

Certainly, there are children who are not very good at traveling tied with a seat belt, but it is also true that this is a problem that must be addressed from the first displacement that the child makes when he is still a baby, and it is also true that must be addressed very firmly. The child has to use his child seat, without palliative, for his own safety and that of the people around him.

If we have it clear, he will have it clear . If we carry it in the chair but with the belt unbuckled or in a short displacement, we take it without a seat "because we are going to the side", in addition to the risk we are assuming, we can not ask it to stay still and tied for a long time travel.

On the other hand, a child who has been educated on the need to use child restraint systems will react naturally when he gets into the car and when he is old enough to do it himself, he will put on his belt and even help his brother to do it. . I do not invent it: that's what happens in my car. My daughter buckles her sister's infant seat belt and then climbs into her elevator and buckles her adult belt before we leave the house. She has acquired that responsibility and if something fails in that sequence she is the one who warns, although logically I always supervise that everything is in order before leaving ... but that she does not know.

On the trip, a lot of calm

If we as drivers have to know how to be in our place, resting whenever necessary and especially every 200 kilometers or every two hours of travel, our children have to know that the driver should never be distracted . It is not a matter of responding to your complaints with an angry "do not disturb", that the only thing that will do is that the child feels misunderstood and will do whatever it takes to get our attention. With a simple "do not distract me, I'm driving" a child can perfectly understand what we are saying.

Of course, another thing will be that children pay attention to all this, and for that it is usually recommended that an adult travel with them in the back seat, although that will also depend on how the adult is. Now that we are in confessions, I know of one who prefers to travel with the mother-in-law next door and who is his wife who travels back with the girls, because two children can be coped, but three together are too much for the patience of any driver, that a car is not an amusement park and both children and adults have to understand it.

On how to distract children in the car and how to avoid some trances such as seasickness we will discuss in future editions of this Special about traveling by car with children that we are carrying out in Babies and more. At the moment, we already know that it is not so complicated if from a young age they understand that in a car there is a driver who needs to be attentive to the road, and this baggage can also serve them in the future for their own safety as drivers . What more could you want?

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