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Tips on Challenges Parents Face Traveling with Children During the Holidays

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If you are traveling during the holiday season and you have kids, kids in a car can be a bit of a challenge. Set yourself up a little ahead of time and your ride may be a little smoother.

If you have kids and you will have be met with trials during your travels. The first tip is sleep time.

"Often times families will skip nap time around this time and will create significant problems. You will see an increase in tantrums and melt downs," said Dr. Kerry Murray-Pertchik, a clinical psychologist at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital.

Traveling around your child's nap time may it easier and if things seem to be heating up in the back seat, breaks may me necessary.

"You may need to take breaks if you are driving in the car, get the kids up and walking around," said Murray-Pertchik.

Look for rest stops that have places to run around. As far as food, keep fluids and sugar to a a limit.

"Try to stay away from all of the fast foods. Have healthy snacks around things with low sugar. The kind of food that is going to provide adequate energy rather than just the sugar boost," said Murray-Pertchik.

Leaving the home does not mean leaving behind strict parenting.

"One of the most difficult things for parents is to keep the limits and the consequences going even you are at families house or hotel," said Murray-Pertchik.

And parents, do try to get to the kids to entertain themselves.

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