Janis
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I'm a retired elementary music teacher. I've been retired since 2010. I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband of 45 years, Don. I am currently an independent instructional coach in our school district, working with music teachers. We have one daughter, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren. All of whom live across the street! It just doesn't get any better than that!

 

Don

I'm a retired middle school band director. I worked in corporate industry for 30 years, retired and re-activated my teaching degree. I currently teach driver's ed.

 

Things to do while on the road . . . 

In the car, at a hotel, camping, places to go, or even rainy days at home . . .

"Are we there yet?"

Being a retired teacher gives me a huge advantage. I NEVER go anywhere without a plan! Can you imagine being stuck in a camper at a campground in the rain with NOTHING to do?? 

Or can you imagine hours in a car with the kids strapped in car seats whining, "Are we there yet?" Or zoned out watching videos or playing games on their tablet or mom's phone?

Me either. So I plan and plan and over plan in case the first two plans don't work.

When searching out activities, I found lots of blogs, ideas from Teachers Pay Teachers, and of course, everybody's favorite, Pinterest. But what I had trouble finding were activities for grandparents. There are plenty of great activities for kids but most take a very energetic parent figure to do them. That's not us. This set of grandparents huff and puff after a short walk or the old knees start aching, the back starts screaming, and we have to sit down and take a break. I had to find things our grands would enjoy that we could do too without totally embarrassing ourselves.
 

Over the past several years, I have compiled activities for traveling in the car, camping, even staying at home.

These activities work for my grands. I hope they will work for yours.

 

ENJOY every moment with them because if you blink too slowly, the time is gone!