Seriously stop talking about it and DO IT.
I write this while I watch my elated kids play in a hotel pool in St John New Brunswick. My neice is playing on the Ontario ball hockey team which is competing here this week. So after hmmming and haaaaing I said “why not” I am on a leave of absence to spend quality time with my kids, and what a great opportunity to see some of our beautiful country, so we packed our bags and off we went. My kids are 10, 7 & 4 and love to travel. We had a biiiig chat about just how far we were driving and honestly not once did they ask “are we there yet?”. We packed a journal to write in, rented movies and books from the library and brought the iPad. I do have my Mom with me and my sister and niece followed in another vehicle so that’s a big help! But I really attribute my kids great behaviour to expectations…telling kids what is going to happen and when (give specific times, i.e. When the clock says… It’s your turn to play the iPad or whatever) makes them feel in control and a part of what’s happening.
So often we tell our kids “hurry up, come on we’re gonna be late” but we rarely explain why or how, so pretty soon we sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher, and no one listens, parents get aggravated and everyone acts out. Sooo take a few extra seconds to explain why we need to hurry or why they need to eat something healthy before gorging on a bag of candy, you will be impressed with how mature your kids really are…