5 Tips for Outings with Kids

Over the last 4 years, I have learned the importance of getting out of the house.  Don’t get me wrong, we have so much fun on the days we stay at home. But, let’s be real, sometimes those walls start closing in when you’ve been inside too long with your kiddos. I know how hard it can be with little ones to make an outing possible, so here are my 5 tips to get you out of the house.

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Pack Food

Whether you are planning on being away from home for an hour or five hours, pack food.  Seriously, there is nothing worse than a 30 minute car ride home with a hungry toddler.

Plan to be gone longer than anticipated

This is one that my husband will laugh about...I do not always have the best time management, and I always think things will take less time than they actually do. Of course with young children, things always take much longer than anticipated. So plan to be gone longer than the amount of time you think your outing will take...pack extra diapers, wipes, etc....

Plan around naps and rest time

So, there are days that I try really hard to be that mom that is ok with missing rest time/naps, but, really, it stresses me out so much to throw my kiddos off like that.  I just think that is setting them up for a big ole melt down...and who wants that? Sure, there are days that I will agree to throw our routine off completely, but, as a rule, I plan all outings around naps and rest time.  

*Exception to the rule*

Obviously the baby has to nap out and about some...we would never go anywhere if I didn’t let that happen!

Communicate Expectations

One thing that really makes a difference for my Emma is for her to understand exactly what the plan is going to be.  Before Robert came along we could leave the house for hours on end, but now that we have our sweet Bubba with us we just can’t stay away as long.  Communicating how long we will be able to stay somewhere has been extremely helpful.

Just Do It!

Sometimes we just have to make ourselves get out of the house.  Sometimes I think there is just too much preparation that goes into an outing with kiddos, but oh how refreshing an outing can be for everyone involved.  So just get out of your house and go somewhere to enjoy time with your little ones.