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4 Moms Answer Questions About Road Trips, Bedtimes, and Cool Meals

Time for The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids to answer questions again! If you would like to submit questions for our weekly Q&A, visit our 4 Moms Facebook page.

Here are the questions I am tackling this week.

How do you keep kids entertained on road trips, or when you're just in the car in general for an extended period of time?

You can see in this vacation post what I like to place in each child's seat before a long trip. I usually also fill a small paper lunch sack with surprises from the Dollar Store, like crayons, word searches, and drawing pads. Be sure to read this caution about why you should never include Silly Putty in the bag! I still suffering from involuntary eye twitches when remembering that!

We like to listen to books on CD while traveling, and sometimes we use the DVD player to let the kids watch a movie. The game Rubberneckersis also great fun!

What are your favorite go-to quick summer lunches/snacks/foods you like to keep on hand for the days you're just too hot to cook a proper meal?

When it's hot, and I don't want to heat up the kitchen, I like to use my CrockPot. Here are over 100 CrockPot recipes that you can assemble in the morning and forget until dinner time. No heating up the kitchen by turning on the oven!

These easy cucumber stackers are a lunchtime favorite. Cool and delicious!

When is bedtime? Do the older kids stay up later than the younger kids? And when does everyone wake up?

All little kids go to bed at 8:30. When you turn nine, it is a glorious occasion, because you get to stay up until 9:00! Upon turning 13, your bedtime is moved to 10:00.

As for waking up, at one time I was a firm advocate of everyone waking up at a respectable hour, like 7:00, and starting on breakfast and chores together.

Then my teenagers underhandedly researched brain development and sleep needs of young adults and actually made an oral presentation as to why I should let them sleep later. In their presentation, they brought up the difficulty of everyone doing chores at once. "Who's turn is it to use the vacuum first? I'm waiting for her to get through with the broom."

So, I relented and now they do not wake up at a respectable hour, but still manage to get their chores and academic work completed.

I'm still trying to decide if I have been played on that one...

Now, be sure to see what questions the other moms are answering today!

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  1. Jucinda says:

    I’m so glad to hear my teen is not the only one sleeping in. She’s started sleeping as much as a toddler and it worried me so much, I almost called the doctor. Now, I just let her sleep to a much later reasonable hour. :)

  2. Ha! About the wake-up times… my mother got us back on that one. She would leave a list of chores to be done and each of us had to pick one. The first one up got to pick first. The ones who slept in got the ones like cleaning the toilet or unloading the dishwasher, and the ones who got up early got to do the easy stuff.

  3. Bedtime here is 9pm for the little ones, 10pm for the middle ones, half 10 for the biggest ones. This is only on nights where they have school in the morning. On weekends they can stay up an hour later, mainly because I am not a morning person, and would like to sleep in for a bit. The oldest ones can stay up as long as they like on weekends, but I will get them up at half 10 at the latest so they had better be sensible about it or they will have to go to bed when their little siblings do.

    As for the silly putty, just be thankful it wasnt brown. My rule with silly putty is only under supervision, and only when sat at the dining room table. Same for playdough, those egg things with a little rubber alien in and anything else messy.

  4. As a mom of multiple ages. I do let my older ones sleep in. If I need them I usually let them know the night before. They usually sleep in later in the summer and weekends. My younger 4 go to bed by 830 and the others by ten. In doing chores I usually don’t have to ask. We all work well together. What smart kids.