School's in session. Soccer practice, music lessons and other activities are all underway. Ever feel like your family spends more time in the car than at home? Fortunately, you can turn those boring commutes into meaningful family moments.
Use your minivan time to enjoy a great book with your kids. The fast pace of life, paired with the convenience of CD players in cars, iPods and smartphones, has led to a surge in the popularity and quality of audio books. Search your library or favorite online resource for newly recorded versions of classic favorites, as well as high-quality productions of today's best-sellers.
For exciting audio dramas, complete with mood-setting special effects, look to the wide variety of stories offered by Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre. Older elementary-age kids may enjoy the mystery in At the Back of the North Wind. Based on the book by George MacDonald, this story offers a unique look at heaven.
Looking for a bit less drive-time drama? The entire family can sing along to Integrity Music's "God Rocks! BibleToons" series. Each song is a different Scripture set to music.
Armed with a story and a song, your athlete, musician and ballerina may very well enjoy the journey with you as much as the destination.
This article first appeared in the October/November 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine and was previously titled "Minivan Moments." Copyright © 2010 by Ashleigh Slater. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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