Backseat Tyrants

Long family rides can turn even the happiest kids into backseat tyrants. Here are some useful ideas to keep them occupied.

Games. Count state license plates or truck names. Or buy a pack of cards called 52 Fun Things To Do in the Car by Lynn Gordon (Chronicle Books, $6.95).

Sing-alongs. Plan ahead by collecting tapes or CDs. One recommendation: Are We There Yet? Travelin’ Sing-Alongs.

Audio Books. One sure way to improve children’s reading skills is to interest them in books. Audio books are available for just about any age group.

Vintage radio programs. Old radio mystery programs like “The Shadow” and “The Saint” are available on tape and CD. Also comedy favorites like “The Jack Benny Show.” Many of these are available from libraries too.

source: Parade Magazine