Sanity Revival 101

For the parents who just want to keep the peace.

Increasingly, parents have been reporting feelings of insanity when it comes to surviving family road trip car rides.

According to a study sponsored by Road Trip Radio, parents everywhere have felt “overcome with rage” at some point during the trip, especially when the DVD player breaks down or during the 50th round of the Frozen soundtrack.

“On the outside, I’m smiling because this is family unit time,” explains Molly, 38, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. “But on the inside, I feel like yanking my ears off for some peace and quiet.”

The majority of respondents listed 3 frequent symptoms:  

  • Eye-twitching
  • Trembling hands
  • Extreme fluctuations in voice intonation

Unfortunately, once parents lose their cool most road trips are game over. Peak stress levels tend to overwhelm the sense of adventure and are a buzz kill.

To avoid emotional meltdowns in the car, try the following along with Road Trip Radio’s Catastr-O-Meter:

1.    Mimic your child.
Classic reverse psychology here. When a parent begins to mirror the child’s actions, it begins to confuse the child in question and they realize they cannot take what they dish out.

2.    Create request hours.
Just like radio stations do with those Top 40 lists, designate time slots to grant the requests of each person in the car. Just make sure to schedule the parent portions at the beginning and middle of the rotations so that there’s no chance for the insanity to start growing again.

3.    Surprise snacks.
This one requires a little bit more advance planning. However, it’s quite effective. Keep a secret stash of snacks that are pre-packed in various locations of the car. That way, your child is pleasantly surprised at every turn and soon forgets whatever they were having a freak out about. This method is not to be confused with bribery.

4.    Start singing your child’s favourite song.
This method is only to be used in extreme situations. However, it has a 99.8976% success rate. Once you start doing this, you child will most likely not want the song in question to come up ever again out of fear of hearing your pitchy rendition of Shakira's song from Zootopia (there might be a small chance they actually enjoy it).   

5.    Ear plugs.
This is fairly self-explanatory. Just make sure not to push them too far into the ear canal. That will only cause more pain.

If all else fails, try Road Trip Radio, now available for download your favourite podcast providers. It’s been known to play the neutral card very well.


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