ROAD TRIPS DON’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL TRY GAMES, AUDIOBOOKS, AND PODCASTS TO PASS THE TIME
INCLUDE THE WHOLE FAMILY
Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe. PLAY AN AUDIOBOOK OR PODCAST
Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event.
PACK A TRAVEL GAME
When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment.
A SMILE AND A LIFE TRANSFORMED
When people make unkind comments about someone’s appearance, it can do lasting damage. For folks who get made fun of for their smile, it can be especially hurtful. Our smiles are meant to bring joy to ourselves and to others. When we’re not comfortable smiling, it takes a toll on our confidence. We see this often with patients who have lived their whole lives with smiles they feel they can’t show off. In our line of work, we’re also lucky enough to see the transformation that a confident smile can bring about. That was the experience Tasha* had after coming to Team Demas Orthodontics. Tasha had lived for most of her life with a smile she wasn’t happy with. Years ago, at her wedding, the photographer told her not to smile because of her teeth. Can you imagine the impact hearing those words would have? It was such a painful blow to Tasha’s confidence on a day that was supposed to be filled with joy. With orthodontic treatment, we were able to give Tasha a smile she could feel confident showing off. And she’s doing just that. It started the day she got her braces off, as she was sitting at a stoplight in her car. “I could not get over the change,” she said. “I could not stop smiling.”
What a difference that must make to Tasha’s entire outlook. It’s our favorite part about what we do — giving patients the confidence to smile.
If you or a loved one have been hiding your smile because of how you feel about your teeth, call Team Demas today and find out why people are smiling.
*Name has been changed to protect the patient’s identity.
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