How to Build Sibling Bonds When You’re on the Road

Ford Transit Interior with large family on smart devices

Please note this content was written and produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Verywell Family and Ford recommend readers follow CDC guidelines as they pertain to social distancing.

Time in the vehicle can be boring for kids. They often take out their frustration on each other, making things stressful for parents who should be concentrating on driving rather than disciplining. A few simple strategies can help turn time in the vehicle into an opportunity to grow closer.

Reduce Fighting

Giving kids a little more elbow room can help them get along better. The Ford Transit offers plenty of personal space, which can set kids up for a successful trip. Assign each child their own seat, and you’ll minimize fighting between siblings.

You can even use seat assignments as a reward for good behavior. Whether they enjoy sitting closer to the front, or they want their own space in the back, give them a prime location when they complete their chores or follow the rules.

Wi-Fi1 can also be key to helping the ride go smoothly. The Ford Transit provides a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot along with USB ports in every row, so kids can stay entertained with their own mobile devices.

Play Together

Having fun and creating memories is key to building, maintaining, and repairing relationships. And there are many activities kids can do together in a moving vehicle—including using available Ford + Alexa app and connecting via SYNC® 3 AppLink®2 for entertainment.

From “Would You Rather” for Family to “20 Questions,” playing road trip games together can help siblings create lasting memories. As they laugh and have fun together in the vehicle, they’ll build bonds that could last a lifetime.

Cheer One Another On

Encourage your kids to support one another’s activities by showing up to events as a family. Whether you’re watching a recital together, or you’re attending a tennis match, teach your kids to show respect for one another’s choices.

The Transit helps make it possible to fit your passengers in the vehicle so you can attend each other’s games, recitals, and events. And supporting one another’s efforts is a great way for siblings to bond with one another, even when they don’t share the same interests.

1 Don’t drive distracted or while using handheld devices. Use Voice commands.

2 Available via iPhone in vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Commands may vary by phone and Applink software. Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply. iPhone is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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