Mom, are we there yet? Holiday Roadtripping Planning & Tips

Mommy Wellness is brave enough to guarantee you that as a seasoned parent, most of you would have heard those words over and over again being uttered from the back seat, especially during long-distance road trips.

Little do they know that you are literally still only around the corner from home, with hundreds of kilometres ahead before reaching your destination!

Oh boy, it’s going to be a long, long trip!

Mommy Wellness has put together a few ‘road-tripping with kids’ ideas, hints and tips, in the hope that upon your return home, you will still have all your marbles intact.

START BY WRITING TO-DO LISTS (LOTS OF THEM)!

Besides sorting out your home, pet-sitters, paying monthly accounts, buying new clothing, Christmas shopping, continuing with everyday family life ……. oh gosh, the list just goes on and on, we are sure you get our drift when still having to prepare and pack for your long-awaited annual holiday.

Believe it or not, you are human and the only way you are going to cope is by writing everything down.  Tried, tested and a winning recipe for many years!

Create separate lists for household, kids, car, family members, etc.

Always remember to add servicing, tyres, oil, water, etc. and getting the battery checked to your vehicle list.

Include on the kids’ list what you will need to pack for them and another list of gifts to be purchased and wrapped before leaving.

Remember to pack a torch, your medical card and have a little extra cash on hand for possible contingencies.

ALWAYS PLAN YOUR ROUTE BEFORE-HAND

Regardless of how many times you may have made the same trip before, always plan your route ahead of time.  With today’s modern technology, it could save hours of traveling time by knowing the quickest routes, taking into consideration road works and possible traffic jams, particularly over the Festive period.

PACKING SNACKS IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

Regardless of how short the trip, it is amazing how suddenly the back-seat peanut gallery erupts the minute you think you are all strapped in, settled and ready to go.

Plan your snack pack so that there is something yummy for everyone.  The strip packs of dried fruit, nuts, raisins, etc. are really handy for this purpose.

For longer trips, cut off the lid of a larger box and fill it with a variety of goodies.  This allows for easy access, instead of rummaging around for whatever it is that someone is wanting, or more likely, for which they are screaming hysterically!

KEEP ESSENTIALS WITHIN EASY REACH

Handy ‘must-haves’ like sunscreen, drinking water, wet wipes, hand sanitizer and a change of clothing for younger kids should all be close at hand for those inevitable mishaps.  It is also a good idea to establish toll road fees before leaving and have the correct amount of cash available, just in case the card machine at the toll road is not functioning.

PLAN PACKING SPACE CAREFULLY

When packing the car, remember that there will probably be gifts that need to be packed too.  Allow enough space for these and hopefully even more for the return trip, as chances are that Granny, Aunty and Uncle So-and-So and all the cousins will be spoiling your family too.  Your return trip is bound to require more space.

BUY A FEW INEXPENSIVE TOYS AND GAMES

Kids love new toys and games and although they are sure to receive many when visiting family at Christmas time, those will only help on the return trip.  You still need to get there.  Keep whatever surprises you buy until you hit the road.

This is also a great way of keeping kids occupied other than with mobile phones, tablets or other technology.

STOP REGULARLY FOR WEE-WEE BREAKS

We all want to get to where we are going as soon as possible.  Long trips are tedious and although by stopping frequently it will take that little bit longer to get there, it is essential.

Stopping and getting out of the car restores concentration and allows everyone to stretch their legs.  Encourage youngsters to use the loo to avoid having to stop too soon again, or having to clean and dry a little ‘slip-up’.  (That’s the reason for the extra set of clothing).

TIME FOR ‘EYE SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE’!

Its that time of the year when roads become unavoidably congested.  There is no point in becoming impatient, as the flow of traffic is certainly something beyond your control, regardless of the impatient drivers you are bound to encounter.

Prepare your younger passengers and maybe even your partner, that there will be traffic, delays will happen and the best and safest way of handling them is to wait your turn.

Use the time for a family sing-along or a game of ‘eye spy with my little eye’!

EASIER SAID THAN DONE BUT TOTALLY POSSIBLE

Road trips with kids can often be very stressful.  It really is worth planning a stop-over for long-distance journeys.  There is nothing more distracting than tired, bored kids screaming at the back of the car.

Plan the stop-over as part of the journey.  Make it fun and the next morning you will once again be on your way, only now with a happy, content family and the prospects of a well-deserved restful holiday ahead.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL AT MOMMY WELLNESS

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Movember Is Here – Grow Your Mo! Prostate Cancer Awareness

BIN THE SHAVING CREAM AND UNDERLINE THOSE NOSES!

MOVEMBER IS HERE AND HAS THE FULL SUPPORT OF MOMMY WELLNESS!

November is the month during which eyes around all the world focus on men’s health issues.  Much attention is given in November to cancer and awareness is raised particularly around the prostate and testicular cancers, amongst others.

To show support and maintain the drive, men are encouraged internationally to “Grow A Mo”, starting with a clean-shaven face on 1 November.

Now the ladies naturally give the guys their full support, but remember, not all ladies like the idea of a Mo, so please remember that although your shaving cream is no longer, you still need to maintain your Mo by grooming and trimming regularly.  This will help keep you out of trouble!

As one of the most common types of cancer in men, prostate cancer usually grows slowly, confined initially to the prostate gland.  There are. However. more aggressive cancers which can spread very quickly and if detected early whilst still confined to the prostate gland, there is a much better chance of successful treatment.

It is still not clear what causes prostate cancer and alarmingly in its early stages, there may be no signs or symptoms that it is even prevalent.  However, advanced prostate cancer may present symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

Certain factors have been suggested in the attempt to reduce prostate cancer:

Diet
Choosing a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables is essential.  Try to avoid high-fat foods and focus on whole grains.

Although it needs yet to be proved that a healthy diet may prevent prostate cancer, vitamins and nutrients found in a variety of fruit and vegetables will contribute towards and improve your overall health.

Choose healthy foods over supplements
Always choose healthy/fresh foods before opting for supplements. Choose foods that are vitamin enriched and which contain minerals to maintain healthy levels of vitamins in the body.

Exercise most days of the week
Exercise helps improve overall health.  It also helps maintain weight and enhances moods. Some evidence shows that men who exercise are at a lower risk of contracting prostate cancer than men who don’t.

If you are new to exercising, start slowly and increase your exercises gradually over a period of time.  Try exercising as regularly as possible.

Maintain a healthy weight
If you are at an ideal weight, make sure to keep it constant by exercising as often as possible.  Should you need to lose a bit of weight, increase your exercise time and reduce calorie intake.  Your Doctor or Dietician will be able to assist with a healthy eating plan.

Talk to your doctor
Should you have any concerns about any risks of developing prostate cancer or notice any worrying signs or symptoms, contact your doctor sooner than later.

EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT SAVES LIVES!

The ladies especially are looking forward to seeing the unity of our men standing together and fighting to prevent this dreaded disease.

REMEMBER TO UNDERLINE THOSE NOSES!

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