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Tips for Taking Your Child on the Road

Balancing work and family life as a trucker can be difficult. You are often gone for long stretches of time and miss key experiences in your child's life. Luckily, these days you have easy access to cell phones, internet, pictures, and videos – making it even easier to stay in contact.

A great addition to using technology is to bring your child on the road with you. With planning, you can schedule a trip passing through home while your child (or children) are on school breaks. This will provide you a 1:1 opportunity with your child, creating memories that will last you forever!

Before taking your child on the road with you, check your company's policy for passengers. Some companies will not allow passenagers while others will give an age specification. Other companies, such as Premier Transportation, have a policy that the legal guardian needs to sign allowing children to join. Freight Exchange of North America also holds a similar policy. Of course, you need the permission of both parents and need to consider custody agreements as well.

That being said, it is common to see children join a parent on the road for short stints over summer breaks and other holidays. If you do plan to take your child out with you, consider these tips:

  1. Bring favorite toys, books, games, and movies for entertainment.
  2. Make traveling a game, searching for different license plates, cars, etc.
  3. Stock up on snacks, snacks, and more snacks. Make sure to include easy to eat snacks, such as fruit, veggies, granola bars, and crackers.
  4. Take pictures together, and make a scrapbook once you're home.
  5. Schedule bathroom breaks, fully knowing your child will probably need to stop more often than you.
  6. Allow your child to help with tasks, like bumping the tires while you fill up the gas tank.
  7. Be prepared to parent, because the honeymoon phase of joining you on the road will wear off quickly.
  8. Find ways for your child to burn energy throughout the day.
  9. Collect something neat from your trip, such as rocks, postcards, key chains, or pictures.
  10. Ask your child for ideas. Children are creative and will come up with things you never thought of before.
  11. Enjoy your time together!

Your child will love spending time with you on the road, and it will help strengthen your bond together. Leaving is always difficult, but making sure to schedule that 1:1 time will help you maintain a balance and connection to your family!