This post is sponsored by Chevrolet Traverse.
It’s that time of year again! As the North prepares for fall and begins to break out their pumpkin spice lattes, riding boots and sweaters, it can be difficult to get excited about the fall season here in Miami. The days are still long and sunny, and I can hear the kayak calling my name while I sit in my home office on weekday afternoons. While it might feel like summer, fall has definitely arrived in other ways! Namely, back to school season! This year is looking to be busier than ever with Angeline beginning her senior year of high school and beginning her very first internship at a local veterinarian’s office as part of her Vet Tech program at school.
Meanwhile, my travel and work schedules are looking busier – and more exciting – than ever. Which is why communication and planning are becoming even more crucial in our day-to-day lives. I think that’s something all families can identify with at this time of year; between school, sporting events, PTA meetings and the general hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to keep it all straight!
While it may not seem like it, mornings can be a great time to connect with your family. The best time for a group huddle? When you have them trapped in the car for your morning commute!
4 Things Your Family Should Do During Your Morning Commute
- Sync your schedules. Now is a great time to discuss what everyone has planned for the day. The kids are forced to sit still and since they’re not rushing around the house, they have time to actually think about what’s going on for the day. Now is the time that you will probably find out about upcoming tests, sports tryouts and that costume they need tomorrow. If you’re a parent of older kids, utilize your phones’ calendars to sync up. With its available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi®*, the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse makes syncing up easy with a better connection than your smartphone.
- Make sure everyone has had their morning breakfast. Parents know the importance of eating before a long day at school, but somehow the importance is lost on kids who would rather trade breakfast for an extra 15 minutes of sleep. Which is why I like to keep a stash of granola bars in the glove compartment of my car! They also make a great after-school snack or pick-me-up while I’m running errands or dashing off to the airport for a blogging trip. With a vehicle like the Chevrolet Traverse, there is also plenty of space to keep a package of bottled water in the back too, which becomes especially important when the kids are involved in sports during the school year.
- Catch up on reading…with audio books! With the increasing popularity of podcasts and audio books, this is also a great time to catch up on some reading for your book club, staying up to date on current events or maybe even learning a new language. This is a great way to utilize the time you spend heading to work/returning back home/running errands after dropping the kids off for the day. We spend so much time in our cars, why not put that time to use and be productive?
- Find age-appropriate activities. Maybe your kindergartner is supposed to read to you for 20 minutes every day, or your third grader has a spelling list to practice for the week or your teenager needs to practice their oral presentation. Your morning commute could be the perfect opportunity to go over these tasks each day and put your kids in the right frame of mind for the upcoming school day!
With spacious seating, ample cargo space and available safety and entertainment technologies, there’s no better vehicle to bring the family together than the Chevrolet Traverse.
* Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.