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Keep Kids Happy On-the-Go

(Family Features)

Whether you're running about town on errands or hitting the road for a family trip, parents should prepare in advance for the drive. After all, parents know better than anyone that long stretches of time in the car can lead to hungry, cranky kids. But, with some strategic planning, parents can keep everyone happy. Use these snack ideas and tips to make the best of a busy day or a road trip.

Prepare snacks in advance...
One way to combat crankiness before it starts is to make sure the kids are well-fed. Pack some snacks to take with you, so you're always prepared when the hunger sets in. Here are a few easy and quick snack ideas for on-the-go:
  • Sliced Fruit - Pack up everything you need to slice up apples and bananas. Resealable containers make it easy to store and serve food.
  • Applesauce - Pack convenient snacks such as the Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches from Mott's in your purse for when the kids get hungry. Only 40 calories per pouch and with no added sugar, these handy pouches have a cap, so there's less mess. Kids will love snacking on delicious applesauce, while getting nutrition they need.
  • Apple-Banana Smoothie - Add two frozen, peeled bananas to a blender with 1/2 cup of buttermilk and 1 cup of applesauce. Serve this smoothie in a tumbler with a lid and a straw as an on-the-go snack kids will love.
  • Baby Carrots - Pre-wash baby carrots and add them to a water-tight container for quick snacking between activities.
Keep them engaged...
The key to keeping kids happy in the car is to stick to their regular schedule as much as possible. This means parents should be prepared with their child's favorite stuffed animal or blanket at nap time. In addition, parents can help keep kids entertained by telling them a story or playing a game.

To keep kids happy, remember to:
  • Take along a few toys and make sure they are within reach.
  • Pop their favorite movie into the DVD player.
  • Play some fun music and get everyone to sing along. For very young children, learning the tune to the "ABC's" can be a treat. For older children, look to albums from their favorite children's TV shows and movies to keep them excited on the drive.
  • Stock up your car with picture and story books from the library. Even small children will enjoy turning the pages of a storybook. Ask them to tell you what is happening in the book.
  • Play games such as "Eye Spy with My Little Eye." These games will not only get them paying attention to their surroundings, but also allow you to interact with them, so they won't feel like they're just along for the ride.
  • Have a blanket and pillow ready when naptime hits. This is especially crucial for long stretches in the car, or following a busy morning of errands that require multiple stops.

For more great, on-the-go snacking ideas and recipes your kids will love, visit

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Mott's Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches

5 Phrases of Acceptance Every Mom Should Use

  1. “I love you for who you are right now, not just for who you will become. You are one-of-a-kind, unique, special, significant and I would not trade you for anyone in this world.”  
  2. “I will love you if you succeed or if you fail because you tried your best and I love you because you are you.”
  3. "There is nothing you can do or will do to ever make me love you more or less.  My love is constant and unchanging."
  4. "You are priceless, there is nothing I wouldn't give up for you.  I would die for you.  You are my pride, joy and happiness.  I will never leave you or turn my back on you." 
  5. “No matter how much you ever disappoint me – which you may never do – I will always be proud to be your mom.”


  1. Thank you so much, These word speak love to your children. The meaning touches my heart. I will spread it to my friends.

  2. Such powerful phrases of acceptance! Those should be plastered to the fridge of every mom, even those of us whose children are adults!
    I agree on the "be prepared". When our girls were little, we carried a small container in the car that fit between the two of them in the back seat. The box was filled with activities to keep their hands and minds busy. We also kept their favorite CD's in the car, and we wore out copies of our favorite sing alongs! Contented kids make a long ride much happier. :-)
    Thanks for stopping by NOBH!

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