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How can we have meaningful 24 hr. drive w/ 14 & 16 yr. old?

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Dec 17th, 2001, 07:35 PM
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Judy,

We enjoyed the book on tape of "The Perfect Storm" on a recent 18 hour trip. Chenk and see if it's a story line you might all enjoy. Sophie

 
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Dec 18th, 2001, 06:20 AM
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I know a great book for provoking interesting discussion. I've used it myself on many car trips with friends and family. It is called "The Question Book." You can see it, along with 9 sample pages so you can read examples of the questions in it, at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...766728-9265408
 
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Dec 18th, 2001, 06:20 AM
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I know a great book for provoking interesting discussion. I've used it myself on many car trips with friends and family. It is called "The Book of Questions." You can see it, along with 9 sample pages so you can read examples of the questions in it, at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...766728-9265408
 
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Dec 18th, 2001, 06:21 AM
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Sorry for the double post. I got the title wrong in the first one so I posted again to correct it.
 
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Dec 18th, 2001, 07:01 AM
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Sheesh, "Parent," I'm so happy for you that YOU have all the answers. The rest of us like some support and suggestions from other parents once in a while. My own kids are 14, 16, and 31, and I'm still earning things!

Judy, I would NOT recommend the "Chicken Soup" books, they're all much too obvious and corny for teens, IMHO.

A book of myths or a novel about a quest (a la Lord of the Rings) or with some humor (a la Harry Potter) can get discussions going about ideals, principles, and moral judgments, or just get the family laughing together.

I woudl recommend that you call or visit your local library. Librarians just love challenges like this. They can help you pick something that you all can enjoy.

Take the initiative to show that interruptions for discussions are welcome. Even if you don't end up covering strictly "spiritual" stuff, you can make the most of this valuable big chunk of family time. Keep a light touch, and have fun.
 
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Dec 18th, 2001, 09:23 AM
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How about some language tapes, the Spanish ones are fun, we took a trip once and shouted back the words to the tape and then decided to use what we were learning to communicate at lunch stops. It was fun and not intrusive.
 
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Dec 18th, 2001, 09:36 AM
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Judy, My best advice would be to stay flexible. 24 hours is such a long time to be cooped up in a small space! You'll probably be better off varying the schedule. I'd suggest not starting anything at first. Just drive for the first 30 min or so. Activities to alleviate the boredom will be much more appreciated once boredom has set in. From there on, play it by ear. If you're in an area where there's a lot of traffic or stuff to see outside the car, you would be better off suspending the audio book. Although it's on, you may find yourself not truly listening. Make sure you allow plenty of "personal" time. You may find that some of your best conversations may pop up on their on.
 
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