Bickering In The Back? Curb This Before You Hit The Curb

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While ensuring our children’s safety has to be the top of our priority list. When we are driving, it’s so important for every single one of us parents to ensure that we are securing their safety, not just by the usual means, such as making sure they are secure, or by purchasing a safer car, like an SUV. But we need to make sure that we are driving 110% focused on the road, and this can be very difficult when you have children screaming and bickering in the back! So, what are the best methods for everyone concerned?

Time Out

Regardless of whether they will miss football practice or not, it’s such an important lesson to teach them the impacts of what their bickering does to you. Your children fighting in the back is as distracting as texting or talking on the phone, or even not looking at the road! If this happens one too many times, pull over to the side of the road, when it’s safe to do so, and, if they’re old enough, you need to explain why it’s wrong for them to fight in the car.

Scare Tactics

Not that it’s right to scare your kids, but if they really aren’t getting the message, you might want to show them what happens. Now, this can be a particularly tricky thing to navigate. But it depends on the child, and if you have tried every other option, then it’s worth showing them what actually happens, not just in terms of injury, but the whole process that can impact the family, either in a financial sense, or the whole process that occurs after a car accident. You can direct them to see AchesonLaw.ca for more information on how common car accidents are due to children bickering in the back. Again, it’s a delicate subject to navigate. It certainly depends on the child, but if you’ve had more than your fair share of near misses because of your children, and they’re not getting the message, then it’s time to resort to more visceral tactics.

Various Entertainment Ideas

Distraction is always a good idea, especially if you want your children to stop bickering between them. There are many different options we can go for nowadays, from a tablet, to playing old-fashioned games like I Spy, or just keeping them quiet with a portable DVD player, but there are some ideas on BabyCenter.com to give you some inspiration too. Hunger is the other problem to curb, especially on long journeys. So keep a bag of healthy snacks available, should your child’s display symptoms of “hanger”!

Wait Patiently At The Side Of The Road

If your kids are desperate to get somewhere, this approach works wonders. Just pull over when it’s safe to do so, turn the engine off, and wait. If this means that they will be late for something, or they will miss out on an important event, this will teach him a valuable lesson on what is acceptable behavior in the car. They’ll think twice about doing this again, especially if it means they will be late for an important events.

It’s your priority to get everybody from A to B in one piece, and if your children are distracting you so much that you’ve had many near misses, this is completely unacceptable from them and from you. This is why you need to integrate appropriate methods.

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