Riding in the car with kids can be somewhat tedious. While it’s easy enough to get them situated, buckled up and ready to go, they tend to get bored while sitting there. It seems like we’re on the road a lot recently, with swim practice, tutoring, church, etc, etc, etc. Which means boredom hits quickly, and when boredom sets in, they get snarly. Lately, I’ve been using kids audiobooks and cd’s to redeem car time with the kids.
Redeem Car Time with the Kids
Using Time Wisely
Audiobooks and CD’s certainly can help redeem car time with the kids because you will be listening to something that is educationally engaging and using your valuable time wisely.
With today’s advanced technology there’s no reason to have lost brain power time. While in the car with my kids I can put on the Adventures in Odyssey Up in the Air CD (AIO #63), from Focus on the Family, so that they can go on an educational journey while we drive down the road. I love that Adventures in Odyssey reinforces the meaning of true friendship and integrity in these six adventure filled episodes! My favorite story in this one is “Have A Heart”. That lizard is hilarious. My kids argue that the “Find A Penny” is the best because of the adventure involved. No matter, we are in the car enough we each get to listen to our favorite repeatedly.
Using Brain Power
Using audiobooks and CD’s to redeem car time with kids helps parents feel confident that their kids are using the time wisely. The kids aren’t sitting there drifting off into space. They are thinking as they hear the audible words.
Occupying your kid’s minds with audiobooks and CD’s in the car is teaching them future habits of redeeming their time. It’s up to us to teach kids to use their time wisely. Time is one thing we cannot get back.
The simple gist of using audiobooks and CD’s to redeem car time with kids is that it eliminates the boredom factor. No more will the kids complain about lost time because their minds will be occupied with an engaging audiobook or CD. They may even beg for “a little more time” to finish the chapter or episode.
Learn & Bond
While spending time in the car with kids who are listening to Adventures in Odyssey CD, the parents are learning too. You can have the CD play live in the car for all to hear and it’s the perfect bonding moment during a car ride. By listening to the character-building entertainment together, we can use it as a springboard for conversations about relationships, friendship, and compassion.
Using audiobooks and CD’s to redeem time in the car with kids guides them forward in using time wisely. Time spent in the car is almost standstill, using audiobooks and CD’s truly helps guide kids to make good decisions when bored.
Sure, a long car ride with kids may seem like the end of the world. Sometimes your kids may sit and stare out the window into the world that passes them by. If your kids get completely unruly, bored and complain, consider how you can reduce the chaos and redeem car time with the kids.
Consider using an Adventures in Odyssey CD series as a means to let your kids redeem time during a car ride with parents.
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