“Music has the charms to soothe the savage beast.” Are we the only family who, while stuck in a vehicle on vacation, sometimes get on each other’s nerves? Or have arguments start simply because one child is breathing too loud?
Can I suggest that before heading out for family road trips or vacation, that you bring some music with you? I am not suggesting individual MP3 players or phones. Nope, use the vehicle’s sound system. After all, this is a family vacation and it is a time to connect with each other….not a device! Music enjoyed together becomes a soundtrack for the vacation. Every time I hear a certain Lady Antebellum song, I am transported back to traveling a dirt road near Glacier National Park with my kids singing along.
Since our vacations have themes based on location so does the music in the car/van. My kids create a custom CD (known as a mix tape when I was growing up!) with music chosen just for that vacation. When we were in Ireland it was Celtic Thunder and some music from our church. In Montana, it was a great selection of country music. Radio stations aren’t always available in the remote locations we seem to prefer for vacations and bringing our own CD’s guarantee background noise to help cover that annoying breathing!!
My daughter has already chosen the first 6 songs for this summer’s soundtrack. They are all from a Southern Gospel trio called “Not Easily Broken” The group’s name itself could be a theme for our year….my mom is fighting cancer and with God’s help, she is not easily broken. I am not sure what else Clare and the boys will add to the summer’s playlist but whatever it is, summer 2016 will be brought back to mind when we hear it in the future.
P.S. If you have young children, check out Jungle Jam and Friends. My kids could be in the foulest of moods at the end of a 10 hour car ride and these would immediately quiet everyone. They are short stories that the kids love and adults will appreciate with fun songs. www.fancymonkey.com